About 700,000 renters are estimated to have been served with “no-fault” eviction notices since the start of the pandemic, despite a government promise to scrap the practice.
Eviction orders are being issued to tenants who have run up rent arrears because of the pandemic despite a promise by the housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, that “no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home”.
Eviction hearings will now resume in courts in England and Wales - but the most serious cases will be given priority.
A backlog has built up during a six-month ban on proceedings in place during the coronavirus outbreak.
Cases involving domestic violence or anti-social behaviour will be heard first. Restrictions also exist in local lockdown areas and over Christmas.
Housing minister says tenants can be given shorter notice periods but only if they are involved in anti-social behaviour or domestic violence.
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This could mean a potential lost income for a landlord of up to two years amounting to £20,800.
The Government's decision to ignore its own advice and extend the stay on possession hearings has angered almost the entire private rental sector in one go.
Ministers are facing pressure after both Scotland and NI extended their bans recently, and both Shelter and Labour call for an extension.
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The government needs to increase Local Housing Allowance (LHA) or risk seeing evictions soar in the capital, Labour’s London Assembly housing spokesperson, Murad Qureshi, has warned.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has warned that many of London’s private renters are facing imminent homelessness, unless the government acts to properly protect them from eviction.
A bill is set to be passed which increases the minimum notice period for private and social tenants to up to six months in Scotland.
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