BREAKING: Government reveals ‘positive’ evictions ban wind-down plan

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BREAKING: Government reveals ‘positive’ evictions ban wind-down plan

The government has announced plans to wind down the evictions ban, offering light at the end of the tunnel for the thousands of landlords waiting to evict tenants.

In a significant concession for desperate landlords won by the NRLA, housing minister Christopher Pincher (above) has signed off changes to evictions legislation that will see bailiffs restart their work on 1st June.

Many experts had worried that the bailiff evictions ban might be extended once more in expectation of economic problems as the furlough scheme comes to an end later this year.

Notice periods

Bailiffs re-starting will coincide with a reduction in the eviction notice period landlords must give to tenants from the current six months to four months.

But most crucially, the relaxation of restrictions is to include Section 21 notices, a significant concession to landlords given the hard campaigning by many tenant groups such as Shelter to have them banned.

It had been expected that ministers would only allow the evictions process to re-start for mandatory grounds not the ‘no fault’ grounds that Section 21 notice enable.

Returning to normal

Pincher has also signed off on notice periods for Section 8 notice ‘grounds’ evictions returning to normal on October 1st.

This will be between two weeks and two months, .

Also, on 31st May the ‘serious arrears’ grounds period will be reduced from six months to four months, enabling landlords to begin proceeding earlier, with a further reduction expected in August. Some exemptions will apply (see below).

Unprecedented action

Minister Pincher says: “From the beginning of the pandemic, we have taken unprecedented action to protect renters and help keep them in their homes.

“As COVID restrictions are eased in line with the Roadmap out of lockdown, we will ensure tenants continue to be supported with longer notice periods, while also balancing the need for landlords to access justice.

“Crucial financial support also remains in place including the furlough scheme and uplift to Universal Credit.”

Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the says: “Having operated under emergency conditions for over a year, today’s announcement from the Government is an important step in ensuring the sector’s recovery.

“It does nothing though to address the rent debt crisis. With the number of private tenants in arrears having increased threefold since lockdown measures started, more are at risk of losing their homes as restrictions ease.

“We want to see tenancies sustained wherever possible and call on the Chancellor to step in and provide affected tenants with the financial support they need to pay off rent arrears built as a result of the pandemic.”

Tim Frome of (left) says: “It is good news for landlords that bailiffs will be restarting from 1st June for landlords who have possession orders. It is likely the bailiffs will be very busy clearing the backlog so we wait to see how the courts cope,” says

“The government setting out a timetable for the resumption of previous possession notice periods by 1st October will hopefully give some certainty and enable us to advise landlords on their options.”

More detail

From 1 June, notice periods that are currently six months will reduce to at least four months. Notice periods for the most serious cases that present the most strain on landlords will remain lower:

  • anti-social behaviour (immediate to 4 weeks’ notice)
  • domestic abuse in the social sector (2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
  • false statement (2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
  • over 4 months’ accumulated rent arrears (4 weeks’ notice)
  • breach of immigration rules ‘Right to Rent’ (2 weeks’ notice)
  • death of a tenant (2 months’ notice)




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BOOM! Rental market activity jumps as Covid rules relaxation prompts city revival

UK rents outside London are up 3% since this time last year, signalling the highest level of growth in four and half years.

Rents are rising fastest in the North East (+5.5%) and the South West (+5.3%) – the strongest rates of growth in a decade amid increased demand and constrained supply – according to Zoopla’s quarterly Rental Market Report.

It reveals that rental performance outside London was driven by a 59% rise in demand during April compared to the same month in 2017-19.

It says Covid’s impact was felt most acutely in city centre rental markets where stock moved over from short-term lets and more rental stock came back to the market amid easing demand.

Rents are still down by 0.7% in Leeds, -1.1% in central Manchester, -3.2% in central Edinburgh and -9.9% in inner London.

Soaring demand

But the city centre downturn is starting to reverse as the economy opens up; renter demand was up 26% in central Edinburgh, 12% in central Leeds, 7% in inner London and 5% in central Manchester in the month after Easter.

Zoopla says demand in the capital is being fuelled partly by a sharp improvement to affordability, with rents down -9.4%.

Agents are reporting an increased number of longer-than-average tenancies – in excess of 12 months – being agreed.

Chestertons says demand is so strong that some properties are being let off-market, while those that have been listed, secured new tenants within two weeks and often after just one viewing. 

Rental property supply in most markets is failing to keep up with demand.

The number of properties bought using a buy-to-let mortgage was 45% lower in 2020 than in 2015, and the number of homes in the sector has fallen slightly since 2016 as landlords rationalise their portfolios in the face of tax changes and additional regulation.

Zoopla’s head of research, Gráinne Gilmore (left), says: “Demand will continue to rise in city centres as offices start to re-open and this, coupled with increased affordability levels in many cases, will start to counter the negative pressure on rents seen over the last 12 months.”

Read the report in full.

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