13 May 2021
During the coronavirus crisis, the government banned bailiff enforcement of evictions, and required landlords to provide six months’ notice when seeking possession of residential property. These temporary measures change at the end of May 2021 as follows:
New legislation gives full details of all the changes and the government’s guidance on possession proceedings will be updated, and gives an overview of the whole process of evictions.
The NHF supports an extension to longer notice periods remaining in place to give greater security to all residents. We are in conversations with MHCLG about this, and welcome a review in September on any need for a further extension.
Regardless of policies on evictions and possession proceedings, the housing association sector is committed to supporting residents, working with them to keep them in their home wherever possible. Our sector has committed to not evict people in financial difficulty who are engaging with this support. You can read more about this commitment on our website. Any resident worried about paying their rent should contact their housing association, who will help.
In addition, from 4 May 2021 the new ‘Breathing Space’ debt respite scheme will give someone in problem debt the right to legal protections from their creditors. The scheme pauses any enforcement action such as serving a notice of intention to seek possession. New legislation has been issued that amends the prescribed form for a notice seeking possession of a property let on an assured tenancy.
If you have any questions about possession proceedings and evictions, please get in touch with us using the details below.