The ban on landlords evicting tenants was extended for another week following fears thousands could lose their homes. In most cases, landlords must now give tenants six months’ notice before seeking possession through the courts, and a further stay on possession proceedings, until 20 September. However, Government has moved to expedite proceedings in more serious cases. The exact amount of notice required will depend on the type of tenancy and the reason the landlord is pursuing eviction.
Timothy Douglas, policy and campaigns manager for ARLA Propertymark, said of the announcement: “Over the past few weeks the Government has drip fed updates about evictions to the sector making it impossible for agents to respond and plan for the difficult months ahead. The Government are moving the goal posts, introducing measures that will be difficult for many to implement, including staying on top of rapidly changing local lockdowns.
“Whilst it looks like there will be no further delays on the resumption of possession hearings, agents have profound concerns about investment in housing and this announcement offers no further support for the sector.
“The Government must now look at additional measures to provide direct finance to landlords and tenants to cover Covid related arrears and help boost confidence in the sector as we head into the winter.”