Eviction Ban Ends, Tenants Are Now At Risk
Posted on 31st May 2021
The eviction ban ends today. Landlords no longer need to give six months notice of their intention to repossess a property. Until August they are only required to give four months and after 1 August, they will only need to give two months notice.
There are approaching 500,000 families locked into rent debt as the Covid pandemic has savaged earnings and pushed families to breaking point. High levels of rent arrears are leaving families very exposed and forced to explore hidden borrowing, loan sharks and loan companies with extortionate interest repayment rates.
Daniel Picave, McKenzie Friend, works with clients who are facing Court proceedings as their landlord seeks to remove them from their home. Repossession proceedings can be steeped in legal process and very aggressive. We work with our clients to ‘translate’ the proceedings and provide a clear understanding of what is happening.
So what does the end of the eviction ban mean for you?
It means your landlord can once more secure a Court Order to have you removed from the property. The landlord must issue a Section 21 or a Section 8 to you to begin the process.
Section 21 is often known as a ‘no fault eviction’ as it allows the landlord to evict without a reason.
Section 8 requires the landlord to give a reason for the eviction such as the non-payment of rent.
Once the notice period on the Section 21 or Section 8 has lapsed, the landlord can apply to the Court for an eviction order.
If you do not comply with the eviction order, the landlord can instruct bailiffs to visit the property and remove you.
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