Coronavirus updates for housing and homelessness

Coronavirus eviction ban

The Ban on rental property evictions enforced by bailiffs in England will end on 31 May 2021.

What does this mean for me?

The ban on enforcing evictions was brought in during the coronavirus pandemic.  From the 1st June 2021 residents subject to a possession order can be evicted, should they not comply with the terms of the order.

If you do not have a possession order issued to you by the County Courts, your landlord (in most cases) will need to serve you with notice that it intends to seek possession of your home, before a court hearing, or eviction can take place.

Notice of Legal Actions:

Notice periods for landlords - which were previously extended to six months as an emergency measure during the pandemic - will be set at four months from 1 June 2021.

If lockdown restrictions ease as planned, notice periods will return to how they were before the pandemic from 1 October 2021. In England, that's usually one to two months.  Please consult your tenancy agreement to confirm the exact notice time frame.

Support:

There is still extensive financial support to help people meet their outgoings, including the furlough scheme (up until September 2021) and Universal Credit.

If you are worried about keeping to your tenancy obligations, such as paying your rent, please contact your landlord as soon as possible to discuss your options.

If you have money worries and need financial advice, Our Money Newham is here to help:

Contact Newham MoneyWorks

Our friendly knowledgeable team are on hand to deal with any queries in confidence.

  • Phone: 0208 430 2041
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Twitter: @LBNMoneyWorks
  • Website: newhammoneyworks.co.uk

Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

If your work situation has changed,you may want to contact the council’s employment Service, Newham  Workplace.  Workplace offers comprehensive advice to support local people find jobs, apprenticeships and training. 

Contact Newham Workplace

Phone: 07815 613 474 / 020 3373 1101

Email: [email protected]

Website: newhamworkplace.co.uk

I am a Newham Council Tenant in arrears of my rent, but I haven’t been to court.  What do I need to do?

If you are worried about keeping to your tenancy obligations, such as paying your rent on, or before the Monday it is due.  Please our contact our rent team on:

Our Resident Services officers are here to help and we want to ensure we work with you to bring your rent payments back on track.    We will be happy to discuss an affordable arrangement plan with you.

If you have money worries and need financial advice, Our Money Newham is here to help you.

I am renting from a private landlord and I am in arrears of rent, but I haven’t been to court.  What do I need to do?

Contact your landlord as soon as possible to discuss your arrears. 

Our Homeless Person advice and support service, may be able to help. Please email [email protected] or telephone: 020 8430 2000 Ext 57445.

If you have money worries and need financial advice, Our Money Newham is here to help you.

I am a Newham tenant, in arrears and I have a possession order.  What happens if I am evicted?

It is extremely important you understand the implications to your housing should you be evicted due to rent arrears. If you lose your home because of something you failed to do (eg failed to pay your rent or keep to a repayment plan), it is very unlikely that the Council would have a duty to provide you with housing in the long term..

In these circumstances it is highly likely that your only option would be to find housing in the private rented sector. Because the rents in Newham are expensive, it is likely that you would need to look for more affordable accommodation outside of the borough. Unless your circumstances change substantially, it is unlikely that you would be offered social housing in the future.

Therefore, the action you take now, to either address your rent arrears or not, will have a significant impact on your future home, it’s location and it’s tenure.

I have received a date of eviction from the Bailiff Service – What do I do?

Our Homeless Person advice and support service, may be able to help. Please email [email protected] or telephone: 020 8430 2000 Ext 57445.

If you wish to seek further support outside of the council, there are a number of third party organisations who may be able to help you.

Citizens Advice

www.citizensadvice.org.uk

08444 111 444 / 0208 185 0710

(Please note there is a calling charge for these numbers).

Money Advice Service

www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

0300 500 5000 (Please note you may be charged for these calls).

National Debtline

www.nationaldebtline.org

Freephone 0808 808 4000.

Step Change Debt Advice

www.stepchange.org  

0800 138 1111

Central Government

www.gov.uk

Important information for residents

Your landlord or managing agent must follow certain procedures to end your tenancy, otherwise they may be prosecuted for illegal eviction or harassment, which is a criminal offence.  The Council takes illegal evictions very seriously and it should be noted that any person(s) convicted of illegal eviction or harassment may be liable for up to 2 years’ imprisonment.

Private Sector Housing Standards investigates housing conditions that present immediate risks to health and safety or loss of a home. If you are being illegally evicted or your property is in disrepair then please complete our ‘Report it’ form or call or call 0203 373 1950.  You can also email us at: [email protected]