Coronavirus updates for housing and homelessness

Coronavirus eviction ban

In August 2020, the government extended the suspension of any eviction proceedings until 20th September 2020.  This meant that landlords and agents could not start any possession or eviction proceedings until after this time.  As the suspension has now been lifted, landlords and agents can commence eviction proceedings against their tenants.  However, from 29 August 2020, landlords and agents will also have to give their tenants six months’ notice before they can start any possession proceedings.  Shorter notice periods will only be given in certain cases including; if the tenant has at least 6 months’ rent arears, domestic violence, anti-social behaviour or fraud.

On 5th November 2020, the government announced that due to the coronavirus pandemic, evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs until 11 January 2021, except in exceptionally serious cases of anti-social behaviour and/or criminal activity.

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 is currently limited to investigating 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 email [email protected] or call 0203 373 1950.

Read government guidance for Landlords and tenants

Read Covid-19 advice for tenants (PDF)