The government has announced an ending to the ban on evictions by bailiffs and reductions in tenancy notice periods as part of a gradual easing of pandemic restrictions on landlords and agents.

Bailiffs can restart evictions on 1st June 2021.

Also from 1st June 2021, the eviction notice periods currently set at six months will reduce to four months. And this will apply to ‘no fault’ Section 21 notices, which many tenant groups were campaigning to have banned.

Notice periods for the most serious cases 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)

From 1st October 2021 section 8 grounds for repossession will return to their former notice periods of between two weeks and two months depending on the grounds used.

Housing Minister Chris Pincher says: “Subject to the public health advice and progress with the Roadmap, notice periods will return to pre-pandemic levels from 1st October 2021. 

“The measures will ensure renters continue to be protected with longer notice periods for the coming months, while allowing landlords to access justice – 45 per cent of private landlords own just one property and are highly vulnerable to rent arrears.”

Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the NRLA 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.”