Evictions ‘Wind-down’ plan – update for residential landlords
Dispute Resolution solicitor, Holly Snook, reviews the recently announced evictions ‘wind-down’ plan and provides an update for residential landlords.
Housing Minister Christopher Pincher announced today (12 May 2021) that thanks to the success of the vaccine programme and the public efforts to suppress the virus, the nation is now progressing cautiously through the Roadmap, and emergency measures for renters introduced during the pandemic will be brought in line with this.
The government has therefore announced plans to wind down the evictions ban, offering light at the end of the tunnel for the thousands of landlords waiting to evict tenants.
Evictions ‘wind-down’ timeline
From 1 June 2021:
- Notice periods previously extended to 6 months during the pandemic will be set at 4 months, enabling landlords to begin proceeding earlier.
- Notice periods for the most serious cases that present the most strain on landlords will continue to remain lower as follows:
- anti-social behaviour (immediate to 4 weeks’ notice)
- domestic abuse in the social sector (2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
- false statement (2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
- 4 months or more accumulated rent arrears (4 weeks’ notice)
- breach of immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’ (2 weeks’ notice)
- death of a tenant (2 months’ notice)
- In addition, the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, introduced as an emergency measure during lockdown, will end on 31 May. 14 days’ notice is required before an eviction can take place. Therefore, no evictions are expected to take place before mid-June except in the most serious circumstances, and bailiffs have been asked not to carry out an eviction if they have been made aware that anyone living in the property has COVID-19 symptoms or is self-isolating.
Courts will continue to prioritise the most serious cases, such as those involving fraud or anti-social behaviour.
From 1 August 2021:
- Notice periods for cases where there is less than 4 months of unpaid rent, will reduce from 6 months to 2 months’ notice.
From 1 October 2021:
- Notice periods for Section 8 notice ‘grounds’ evictions are expected to return to pre pandemic levels (between two weeks and two months, depending on the ground being claimed.
Specialist legal advice for residential landlords
The Government has also announced that a white paper will be published in the autumn, setting out proposals to create a fairer private rented sector, including the abolition of Section 21 evictions and a new ‘lifetime deposit’.
If you are a residential landlord looking for legal advice, please contact Holly Snook by calling 0117 906 9400 or email email@example.com