The Leeds Property Association confirms that the Government has extended the restrictions on repossessions in England until the 31st May 2021. After that date, the restrictions will ’taper off’ but details on how the taper will work have not been published.

Until, at least 31st May 2021 landlords will have to serve six month notice before they can repossess a property, except in the following circumstances:

  • Anti-social behaviour, 24 hours notice or one month’s notice depending upon grounds cited.
  • False statements provided, 2 weeks’ notice depending upon grounds cited.
  • Over 6 months’ accumulated rent arrears, 4 weeks’ notice depending upon grounds cited.
  • Breach of immigration rules under the ‘Right to Rent’ policy or the tenant has passed away, 3 months’ notice.

Also, until 31st May 2021, bailiffs and High Court Enforcement Officers will not be able to enforce possession orders apart from in the following situations:

  • Where a possession claim is against trespassers who are persons unknown to the landlord. 
  • Where possession has been granted because of an anti-social behaviour and dependent upon the grounds cited.  
  • Where possession has been granted after serving a Section 8 notice and dependent upon the grounds cited.

If landlords need to give notice and request enforcement action, they should seek advice as to what grounds to use as the delays before a court grants repossession and enforcement action can be considerable.