Eviction Notice Periods
As a result of Covid-19, the Government took emergency steps and increased residential eviction Notice Periods to six months in a bid to protect Tenants from being left without a home during the pandemic when they could be considered to be at their most vulnerable. As we began to make progress and move through the crisis, the Government reduced this Notice Period to 4 months which took affect as of 1st June 2021.
Most recently, the Government have confirmed that in cases where there is less than 4 months rent outstanding, the Notice Period for evictions will reduce further to two months as of 1st August 2021.
It currently remains the case that in the most serious of circumstances, Notice Periods will remain lower if a Landlord is put in the most strain, examples of which include:
- four months or more accumulated rent arrears (four weeks’ notice);
- anti-social behaviour (immediate to four weeks’ notice);
- death of a tenant (two months’ notice).
- domestic abuse in the social sector (two weeks’ notice);
- false statement (two weeks’ notice); and
- breach of ‘Right to Rent’ immigration rules (two weeks’ notice).
Whilst the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions came to an end on 31st May 2021, bailiffs were requested not to carry out an eviction if they were informed or made aware that any persons living in the property had Covid-19 symptoms or were self isolating for Covid purposes.
As with most areas of Law, changes were implemented to the Landlord & Tenant sector for the safety of others during a time when there have been many uncertainties. Our Landlord & Tenant team of specialists have continued, throughout the pandemic, to make it their duty to keep themselves well informed and updated with the fast paced legal changes which are frequently taking place.
When left to carry out an eviction in person, mistakes can often be made when attempting to follow the correct eviction process which can only cause you to lose both time and money down the line. This is why it is important you seek the help of one of our professionals, whether you are looking to currently evict a Tenant or want advice on where you might stand if you are faced with an eviction.
Our specialist Landlord and Tenant Team have realms of experience when it comes to handling evictions both efficiently and proactively. At Hodgkinsons Solicitors we have helped individuals throughout Skegness, rural Lincolnshire and beyond with Landlord and Tenant matters for almost 40 years. Whether you are located throughout Lincolnshire including Boston, Louth, Lincoln, and Grimsby, we can help you. If you would like to discuss a Landlord or Tenant matter with our Lawyers, please get in touch by submitting a contact form online or by calling us on 01754 897150.