Eviction Ban lifted Landlords can now begin court proceedings to repossess their properties

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04 June, 2021

The ban on evictions has finally been lifted, meaning landlords can now proceed with repossessing their properties. The ban had been in place for most of the Covid 19 pandemic to help protect tenants from losing their homes.

What is changing ?

  • The ban on bailiff forced evictions came to an end on 31 May
  • The notice period that landlords need to give tenants has been reduced from six months to four months.
  • Notice periods for cases with four or more months of unpaid rent, will be reduced to two months' notice from 1 August 2021.

Courts will continue to prioritise the most serious cases, such as those involving fraud or anti-social behaviour, with many of the evictions waiting to be enforced when the ban lifts predating the pandemic.

Notice periods for the most serious cases will remain lower. These include:

  • 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)
  • over 4 months' accumulated rent arrears (4 weeks' notice)
  • breach of immigration rules 'Right to Rent' (2 weeks' notice)
  • death of a tenant (2 months' notice)

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