More needs to be done to help support tenants, especially those facing financial hardship as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to The Law Society of England and Wales.
The independent professional body for solicitors has welcomed the government’s decision to grant a notice period extension from three months to six months until March 2021.
This new notice period will apply to all notices, including Section 21s, but will exclude the most egregious cases which have been returned to their pre-Covid levels.
Simon Davis, president of The Law Society of England and Wales said: “This notice period extension will provide relief for those tenants facing eviction, and will give vulnerable tenants the time they need to seek help and find a new place to live.”
These changes come after the government extended the stay on evictions by a further four weeks, now ending on 20 September, and changes to court rules to manage court backlogs and prevent a spike in homelessness.
“The stay extension means courts can continue to make the necessary arrangements to manage cases safely during Covid-19,” said Davis.
“The government and the courts have also passed new court rules and provided extra protections to vulnerable tenants and those who have been significantly impacted by the pandemic.
“However, more needs to be done, including resolving the legal aid deserts currently preventing tenants in some areas from receiving legal advice and making wider legislative changes to prevent a spike in homelessness.”