Changes have been announced to way that tenancies can be ended during the currant National Lockdown and into early 2021.

Renters will be protected during the national restrictions, with no bailiff enforcement action, the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced on 5 November 2020.  Measures, including the pause on evictions starting in December, mean evictions will not be enforced until the 11 January 2021 at the earliest, supporting individuals and families who have found themselves in financial difficulty through no fault of their own.  Read the full story here, but in summary: 

  • Evictions will not be enforced whilst national restrictions are in place
  • Evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs until 11 January 2021 at the earliest, except for the most egregious cases such as anti-social behaviour
  • Six month notice periods still in place until at least the end of March 2021, except for most serious cases

The only exceptions to this will be the most egregious cases, including 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.

Courts will remain open through the new national restrictions. Court rules and procedures introduced in September will ensure protections for both tenants and landlords. These include the strict prioritisation of cases, such as those involving anti-social behaviour and other crimes.

If you are thinking of ending a tenancy at this time, or have tenants who are struggling to pay we can offer advice and support, please contact us at privaterentedservice@newcatsle.gov.uk