New protections for renters - No enforcement until January

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11 November, 2020

On 5th November, the Housing Secretary announced that Tenants will be protected during the current national restrictions with no bailiff enforcement action.

This will likely run in to the "winter truce" which starts on the 11 December meaning enforcement will not take place over Christmas, starting on 11 January 2021 at the earliest.

There is an exception to this and cases where tenants have demonstrated anti-social behaviour or are the perpetrator of domestic abuse in social housing, and the landlord rightly would like to re-let their property to another tenant can still be brought before the Court. The 6-month notice periods are to remain until the end of March 2021.

Courts will remain open during the national restrictions and with the new rules and procedures implemented by the Courts in September this will ensure added protections for both tenants and landlords. The Court is being strict on the prioritisation of cases.

For more information contact Laura Hallett Lea in our Dispute Resolution department via email or phone on 0333 207 1141. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.

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