We have previously reported the Government’s emergency legislation brought in to prevent landlords from bringing new, or continuing current, possession proceedings, in a step to protect tenants from being evicted if they cannot pay rent as a result of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The postponement was meant to end in June 2020 but was extended to 23 August.
As of last Friday, the Government has announced that these measures will be further extended to 20 September 2020.
No doubt landlords will be feeling exasperated at this point but the news will be welcomed by tenants who are genuinely struggling.
Notices seeking possession
Landlords should also note that the Government intends on extending the notice period to be given by landlords to tenants from 3 months to 6 months. This is, however, not yet in force and it has not been made clear whether this only applies to Section 21 notices or also to Section 8 notices. Given that Section 8 notices periods have been extended to 3 months, we could reasonably assume these too will be affected. Watch this space for a further update confirming the position as and when it comes into force.
The full press release can be found here.