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Government Support for Landlords & Renters Reflecting Coronavirus Outbreak

Posted by Natalie Pearson 27/03/20

The government has brought forward a package of measures to protect renters affected by coronavirus (COVID-19). With these in force, no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home.

From 26 March 2020 landlords will have to give most* renters 3 months’ notice if they intend to seek possession. This extended buffer period will apply in law until 30 September 2020 and both the end point, and the three month notice period can be extended if needed.

From 27 March 2020 following a decision by the Master of the Rolls with the Lord Chancellor’s agreement the court service will suspend all ongoing housing possession action – this means that neither cases currently in the or any about to go in the system can progress to the stage where someone could be evicted. For more information click here.

Tenants are still liable for their rent and should pay this as usual. If they face financial hardship and struggle to pay this, support is available.

*This protection covers most tenants in the private and social rented sectors in England and Wales, and all grounds of evictions. This includes possession of tenancies in the Rent Act 1977, the Housing Act 1985, the Housing Act 1996 and the Housing Act 1988. After 3 months if the tenant has not moved a landlord needs to apply to court in order to proceed.

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