Landlord and Tenant Update

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has  today (21 August 2020) announced that the government intends to give tenants greater protection from eviction over the winter by requiring landlords to provide tenants with 6 months’ notice in all bar those cases raising other serious issues such as those involving anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse perpetrators, until at least the end of March 2021.

The government will keep these measures under review with decisions guided by the latest public health advice.

In a further protective measure the present ban on evictions has been extended for a further 4 weeks.

Given the unprecedented situation, we are informed that when courts do resume eviction hearings they will carefully prioritise the most serious cases, ensuring landlords are able to action matters involving anti-social behaviour and other crimes, as well as where landlords have not received rent for over a year and would themselves otherwise face unmanageable debts.