Housing Minister, Christopher Pincher, has revealed the route out of emergency lockdown restrictions put on evictions to protect tenants during the pandemic.
Bailiff evictions can restart on the 1st June, as well as a number of other changes being made to repossession restrictions over the coming months.
Section 8 and Section 21 notices
As well as allowing evictions to restart, there is going to be a reduction in notice periods for both section 8 and section 21 notices. Currently landlords have to give 6 months’ notice, which will be dropping to 4 months from 1st June.
Notice periods will then return to pre-pandemic ‘normal’ on 1st October – so tenants will be entitled to between 2 weeks and 2 months’ notice, depending on the grounds being claimed for the service of the notice, as it varies.
From the 31st May, the notice period required for ‘serious arrears’ grounds for eviction will reduce from 6 months to 4 months, allowing landlords to start eviction proceedings earlier, with another reduction expected to be set in place in August.
Financial support for tenants
The Housing Minister made it clear that the government aren’t taking their foot off the gas when it comes to financial support for tenants.
“Crucial financial support also remains in place, including the furlough scheme and uplift to Universal Credit.”
Mark Hayward, Chief Policy Advisor at Propertymark had this to say on the easing of restrictions:
“Whilst the reduced notice periods are still longer than pre-COVID, it is pleasing to see the UK government continuing to provide financial support to tenants combatting rent arrears as well as providing clarity for the rental sector as we navigate the easing of restrictions.”
We’ve spoken before about how we’ve maintained excellent communication with tenants throughout the pandemic, and as a result, situations have been addressed, payment plans have been set up (and paid off, in most cases) and our landlords can be confident that their properties are in safe hands.
If you’re thinking of becoming a landlord, but have been put off by the thought of eviction processes being delayed, then rest assured we’re starting to see a slice of normality in how things operate within the industry. If you would like more information about becoming a landlord and managing your properties, you can learn more about what we offer on our Landlords pages.