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Landlords can still serve eviction notices during the coronavirus outbreak

The Government has been accused of rowing back on its promise to protect renters from eviction during the coronavirus crisis.  Last week the Ministry of Housing promised a complete ban on evictions for those unable to work due to the pandemic. Around five million households in the UK live in private rented accommodation and many of these could struggle to pay the bills if they need to take time off work.

 However, this week, the Governments Coronavirus Bill has been criticised as not going far enough to protect these tenants from losing their homes. 

Landlords will still be able to serve tenants with eviction notices over the next three monthsWhile the Bill ensures tenants cant be physically removed from their property for the next three months, landlords will still be able to serve them notice to kick them out once the three month period ends.

The new legislation has extended the notice a landlord must give from two months to three – meaning that if a notice was served today, a tenant would have three months before they are evicted.Shadow housing secretary John Healey said the Bill just gives [renters] some extra time to pack their bags.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next
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A Section 21 notice allows a landlord to evict tenants from their homes for whatever reason they like, but cant be used during the first six months of the tenancy.A Section 8 notice allows landlords to evict their tenant inside the fixed term of their tenancy, but can only be used if the tenant has breached their tenancy agreement and where certain conditions are met.

Caitlin Wilkinson, policy manager at campaign group Generation Rent, said: This legislation fails to deliver on these promises in every respect. Some tenants are already struggling to pay rent  Tenants are already struggling to pay rent among the coronavirus outbreak, reports have confirmed.      Angus Stewart, chief executive of buy-to-let mortgage broker Property Master, said: It is early days but we are already hearing from landlords who have tenants saying they will be late with rent payments or who may not be able to pay their rent at all.

.There are reports of tenants whose working hours have been reduced or who work for overseas companies that do not appear to be currently trading.  Eviction is the leading cause of homelessness, so the Government must act now to avoid another crisis in three.....


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