BREAKING: Housing secretary confirms he may extend evictions ban past June

Robert Jenrick says that depending on medical advice, evictions moratorium could last for another three months and that beefed-up pre-application protocols may be left in place for months to come as well. The government has confirmed that it may extend the evictions moratorium currently in place beyond June 25th when it is due to finish […] ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - BREAKING: Housing secretary confirms he may extend evictions ban past June | LandlordZONE.

BREAKING: Housing secretary confirms he may extend evictions ban past June

Robert Jenrick says that depending on medical advice, evictions moratorium could last for another three months and that beefed-up pre-application protocols may be left in place for months to come as well.

The government has confirmed that it may extend the evictions moratorium currently in place beyond June 25th when it is due to finish and that it is working with England’s two legal chiefs to extend the period during which strenthened pre-action protocols requirements will apply.

Both proposals will not be good news for landlords waiting to evict tenants who have stopped paying their rent, as together both proposals could delay the resuming of evictions into the Autumn and beyond.

The announcement was made by Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) Secretary of State Robert Jenrick during a virtual Q&A with MPs on the department’s parliamentary select committee.

During the two hour long session, Jenrick said a decision on extending the eviction moratorium for another three months would be taken in June.

He said this would depend “on the medical advice the government received at the time, the passage of the virus and the lockdown measures that may or may not be in place then”.

Jenrick also said his officials were working with the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice to develop a beefed-up pre-application protocol.

“This puts a duty on the landlord to work in good faith with their tenant and see if there is a sensible way in which to manage the situation before embarking upon eviction proceedings,” he said.

The Secretary of State also confirmed that this measure would be extend past the end of the current eviction mortarium period and give tenants an added layer of protection.






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Consumer organisation says some landlords have been using incorrect advice to keep tenants in their properties even though contracts contain break clauses.

A Which? investigation has revealed that some landlords are wrongly refusing to let tenants move out during the crisis because they’re worried about finding new ones.

The consumer service found that some private landlords aren’t honouring break clauses that should allow tenants to leave their home before the end of a tenancy agreement.

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