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Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters from today

The court service has from today suspended all ongoing housing possession action, which means that neither cases currently in the or any about to go in the system can progress to the stage where someone could be evicted. 

This suspension of housing possessions action will initially last for 90 days, but this can be extended if needed. 

This measure is designed to protect all private and social renters, as well as those with mortgages and those with licenses covered by the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. This will apply to both England and Wales.

The government guidelines clearly state that tenants are still liable for their rent and should pay this as usual. If renters face financial hardship and struggle to pay their rent, support is available. 

In the first instance they should speak to their landlord if they think they will have difficulty meeting a rental payment, and in this unique context we would encourage tenants and landlords to work together to put in place a rent payment scheme. 

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “The government is clear – no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts.”

Private landlords will currently have to give all renters three months’ notice if they intend to seek possession (i.e. serve notice that they want to end the tenancy) – this means the landlord can’t apply to start the court process until after this period. 

This extended buffer period will apply in law until 30 September 2020 and both the end point, and the three month notice period can be extended if needed. 

This protection covers most tenants in the private and social rented sectors in England and Wales, and all grounds of evictions. This includes possession of tenancies in the Rent Act 1977, the Housing Act 1985, the Housing Act 1996 and the Housing Act 1988. 

After three months if the tenant has not moved a landlord needs to apply to court in order to proceed.

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    nationalization of all rented housing?

  • David Lester

    What protection for Landlords?

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    I feel sorry for anyone who has a malicious tenant who will be able to play merry hell and deliberately not pay "because I can" and/or trash everything thinking they can do it with impunity for the next three months. Of course, to add injury to injury, the eviction process will take twice as long to deal with the flood of applications once the emergency rules have ended, so a lot of landlords are going to go bankrupt or just decide that enough is enough.


    This is exactly what will happen, at present I have one tenant that might be stupid enough to do this, thankfully the other 15 are very unlikely to, but we can always make things very difficult for the rouge tenants in the future by naming and shaming them, we stick together and talk to each other.

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    How does this affect company let’s we let a property to JD Wetherspoons PLC had a call 2 days ago saying there not paying any rent. This is my partners only source of income where JDW made £135m last year......the companies tenants are getting 80% of there salary and a FREE house. She only has a small mortgage so a holiday doesn’t really help much. Not sure that seems fair :-(

  • Just Mogler

    My current posession order was going to court 23rdMarch. Email received advising court 'vacated' 3 days before. Soft touch approach Sec21 delivered 10Dec19 due to anti social acts and 'cuckoo' boyfriend. Rent (them receiving housing benefit) withheld immediatly. Now 4 months due and only words of departure. Luckily no mortgage so 'running with the tide'. Stuffed! No access and LL gas certificate due soon!!!??

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    Ok we have rented out our own property and we gave our tenant a section 21 2 months ago to vacate the property by the 25 of April because we are home less now and I have copd very bad and I need to get into our home what happens now

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    Please clarify. If I serve a s8/21 now, givine 3 months, can i begin the legal process at the end of June 2020?

    Matthew Payne

    If you serve section 21 with 3 months notice they move out in June...thats it. Are you anticipating the need to take them to Court?

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    If anybody doubted this is an extermination campaign, no doubt now


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