Charities and opposition politicians are putting fresh pressure on the Government to bring back its eviction ban for the entire winter.

As the country starts the next national lockdown, they’re hoping the halt on evictions in Tier 2 and Tier 3 Covid restriction areas might be extended to the rest of the UK.

Labour’s shadow housing secretary Thangam Debbonaire (above, left) and Shelter chief executive Polly Neate (above, right) have both called on the Government to urgently reinstate the ban.

Neate says: “With England set to enter another national lockdown and Covid cases on the rise, the Government needs to move again to make sure no-one is forced out of their home this winter by banning evictions nationwide. It is simply too dangerous to allow more people to become homeless now.”

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Director of Generation Rent, Alicia Kennedy, tells LandlordZONE: “Putting workers back on 80% of wages with benefits insufficient to cover the rent means that once again thousands face getting into debt. The Government must suspend eviction proceedings again to give renters assurance that they can stay safely in their homes.”

Refusing to budget

However, so far, the Government is refusing to budge. A spokesperson at The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government told LandlordZONE that it’s already taken unprecedented measures to protect tenants during the pandemic and that these are under constant review.

“Landlords must give six months’ notice for all but the most serious eviction cases – such as those involving domestic abuse – and we’ve taken action to prevent people getting into financial hardship by helping businesses to pay salaries, extending the furlough scheme, and boosting the welfare safety net by over £9 billion,” they said.

Along with the Christmas evictions moratorium already announced by the Government last month, with courts halting proceedings in Tier 2 and 3 areas, landlords there now have to wait until the New Year before they can proceed.

As LandlordZONE recently reported, tenants outside Tier 2 and 3 areas can halt evictions relatively easily by claiming – but not having to prove – that they have Covid.

See Shelter’s advice to tenants on evictions during Covid.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Most tenants are trying hard to pay their rent and most LLs are trying to help those that need it. Landlords are unable to evict anyone under section 21 without 6 months notice yet a tenant can just stop paying rent with impunity. It may only be a small minority, but there are tenants who owe thousands in rent, who have paid nothing in rent for months, using Covid as the excuse when it is not a factor, with no help for LLs other than a mortgage holiday (which just kicks the can down the road). When will Shelter recognise that the playing field needs to be level and fair for the PRS is to continue to function? Without it there will be many more homeless families with nowhere to go.

  2. Dear Shelter,
    My tenant receives 100% of their rent through Housing Benefit/Universal Credit however, they accumulated rent arrears of £7400 from Nov 2019 and has nothing to do with COVID-19. There is a Writ of Possession issued by the Hight Court on June 2020 which still cannot be enforced due to the current restrictions. My tenants rather than paying their rent arrears, they decided during the 1st lock down to purchase a luxury car with a personalised number plate. Apparently and surprisingly, tenants can keep their housing benefits elements to themselves as a profit without having to pass it on to their landlords and that is according to one Council is not regarded as a fraud!
    I would appreciate your apparent focused only on tenants, but can I request you to have an open mind and think about both sides for at least only a day. You can buy few properties yourselves and try the current experience of a landlord. It is a nightmare and cannot wait to exit this sector. It might give you a better picture of where you would like the PRS to be heading. Landlords will want and support fairness and equal grounds to both sides but currently everyone seems to be against and hate landlords. Thanks to you and the Labour party. PRS are playing important role in society by housing tenants and this should not be underestimated or undermined by your persistent unfair attacks on landlords. A definite disaster if you remain in your direction or a better outcome for landlords and tenants. The choice is yours to make.
    Kind regards,

  3. I have lived in my home for 10 years never missed a rent payment in all this time, yet my landlord wants to evict me Friday the 13th November reason being is because my neighbours next door have all of a sudden took dislike to me and she is very close friends with my landlord, I go through a lettings agent and they still want to go through with the eviction its ridulous I high risk also and am shielding, any advice please? the eviction was given to me 14th August so only had 3 months notice which I know at that time to be correct.

    • There are other grounds and reasons for landlords to give tenants a notice. All depends on the facts which are not always centred on rent arrears. Hence Court needs to assess every case on its merit rather than a blank ban on evictions or total restrictions on bailiff enforcements.

    • A landlord will not evict a good paying tenant without reason.
      Are you damaging the house?
      Anti social behaviour?
      Broken parts of the contract?
      Look to yourself honestly.
      If you ARE whiter than white (no offense but trashy tenants always think they are not at fault!)
      Then it won’t be the neighbour, the landlord could want to sell, which isn’t unexpected with the current ‘war’ against landlords and the hoops they have to jump through.
      Or they have family members or friends that want to live there.
      If you are a model tenant then any landlord would be happy to house you including me, good tenants are to be cherished not evicted.
      Again, honestly, are you a good tenant?

      • Agree with Chris Jones. Good tenants are a rare commodity and any savvy landlord will hang onto them for dear life unless exceptional circumstances prevail. I would never give notice to a good rent-paying tenant over something so petty. Your l/l is either cuckoo or has a genuine reason. The cards are stacked in favour of the tenant when it comes to the legal stuff even prior to Covid so now it’s like a charter for defaulters.

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