Changes to the eviction ban

· The temporary ban on evicting tenants has been extended by the Government until 20 September 2020.
· Further, the Government has amended the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020.
· From 29 August 2020, landlords will be required to provide six months’ notice if they wish evict any tenants.
· This includes the possession of an Assured Shorthold Tenancy through the courts, including section 21 evictions and rent arrears under six months.
· This six month notice period will supersede any break clauses in a tenancy agreement.
· Notices that have been served on or before 28 August 2020 will only be required to give at least three months’ notice.
· From 20 September 2020, the courts will be open to hear cases and the Government has announced that some cases will be given priority. These cases will include those related to very high rent arrears, antisocial behaviour and domestic violence.
· Further to this, from 20 September, new court rules will come into force.
· These rules will require landlords to detail information about their tenant’s circumstances when they make a claim.

The information should include information on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
· If this information is not provided, judges will be able to adjourn proceedings.
· These changes to legislation will be put in place until 31st March 2021.
· These changes should allow more flexibility for businesses adapting to post-Covid demands with less high street footfall, the rise of home working and growth of e-commerce .

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Dee specialises in dispute resolution including debt recovery. She also deals with possession work in landlord and tenant, consumer credit and mortgage lending. Dee acts for both private and commercial clients including High Street banks and specialist lenders.