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Update for landlords and tenants about the eviction ban

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Evictions can go ahead from the end of May 2021. It has been confirmed evictions continue from the end of May 2021 with an eviction notice of 4 weeks from 1 June 2021. If you are a landlord facing difficulties with your tenants or alternatively a tenant concerned about evictions, then please contact a dispute solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team.
 
On 5 November 2020 we posted a blog in relation to Landlord and Tenant disputes, namely evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
On 13 January 2021, we posted a blog about the extension to the restrictions on evictions due to come to an end on 11 January 2021 being extended until at least 22 February 2021.
 
On 10 March 2021, the Government announced that the evictions ban enforced by bailiffs in England has been extended until May 2021. Given the 14 day notice period required, no evictions are expected to be enforced until 15 May 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.
 
Ministers have indicated this may be the final such extension, stating a "new approach" from June 2021. As England puts the plans in place to move out of lockdown, ministers say they will "consider the best approach to move away from emergency protections from the beginning of June, taking into account public health advice and the wider roadmap."
 
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 11 March 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