30 March, 2021
The Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) (No. 2) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 were due to be in force until 31 March 2021. That has now been extended to 31 May 2021.
To recap, the Regulations ban most evictions unless the notice, writ or warrant of possession relates to an order for possession:
The Regulations apply only to evictions. Other aspects of the possession procedure, such as Court proceedings to get a possession order continue.
One notable change in the 2021 Regulations is the "substantial rent arrears" exception. For much of 2020, rent arrears accrued since March 2020 had been excluded but the definition was changed in January so that outstanding rent arrears are now defined as 6 months unpaid rent.
The requirement for landlords to provide six months' notice periods for the vast majority of circumstances has also been extended to "at least" 31 May 2021.
For more information contact Emily Jordan in our Housing & Regeneration department via email or phone on 01257 240850. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.