As a result of the pandemic, the government placed a moratorium on evictions of tenants which prevented any evictions taking place. This was due to be lifted on 23 August 2020, however, it has now been extended by a further 4 weeks.
In addition, until at least 31 March 2021, under the Coronavirus Act 2020, most landlords will not be able to start possession proceedings unless they have given their tenants six-month notice. This applies to notices being served to private and social tenancies, from 29 August 2020 up to an including March 2021.
During the pandemic, your Tenants should have continued to pay rent and abide by all other terms of their tenancy agreement to the best of their ability. You may serve a notice to evict your tenants. However, the Courts are dealing with a substantial backlog and it is likely to take longer than 8 weeks for the first hearing.
At Labrums, if your tenants have not been able to paid their rent, or have paid a reduced rent, we are able to advise, communicate with your tenants and agree reasonable proposals for paying the rent arrears. This should avoid the need for proceedings being issued.
We are specialists in advising landlords on all areas of housing law
- Preparing and reviewing Tenancy Agreements
- Mediating disputes with tenants
- Advising about disrepair claims
- Evicting tenants and squatters
- Recovering rent arrears
- Defending claims
If you would like more information or to discuss your particular circumstances please contact our specialist and experienced team.
Tel: 01727 858807
We look forward to hearing from you.