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Update on the extension to the eviction ban in lockdown 3

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Latest update for landlords and tenants about the eviction ban.

On 5 November 2020 we posted a blog in relation to Landlord and Tenant disputes, namely evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The restrictions on evictions were due to come to an end on 11 January 2021.

On 8 January 2021 the Government announced a 6 week extension to the eviction ban meaning that no eviction notices can be served until at least 22 February 2021 at the earliest and, given the 14 day notice period required, no evictions are expected to be enforced until 8 March 2021. In most cases, the landlord is still required to give 6 months’ notice. The exceptions remain in place for the most serious cases and shorter periods apply if there are rent arrears of 6 months or more (previously 9), anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse or false statement.

If you are either a tenant or a landlord and have any queries relating to evictions please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Crombie Wilkinson Dispute Resolution team.

The rules in respect of evictions are consistently changing and therefore we recommend you obtain specialist advice at the earliest opportunity.

 

The Government guidance on Gov.uk as of 8 January 2021 in relation to this can be read at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-and-renting-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-landlords-and-tenants