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Some more welcome news to many of the country as The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said that longer notice periods for tenants facing eviction during the pandemic will remain in place until at least October, although the term will be reduced to four months from next month. Ministers said the reduction in notice periods is in line with the nation “progressing cautiously” through the roadmap out of lockdown.

The notice periods - previously extended from two months to six months as an emergency measure during the pandemic - will continue for a further four months from June 1. 

This announcement offers thousands of tenants struggling to pay their rent, continued protection throughout the final steps of the government’s roadmap out of the pandemic. The government also says that subject to the public health advice and progress with the Roadmap, notice periods will return to pre-pandemic levels from October 1.

The statement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says extensive financial support remains in place to help people meet their outgoings, including the furlough scheme and the Universal Credit uplift, which have both been extended until the end of September. With these measures in place, the government “will ensure tenants continue to be supported with longer notice periods, while also balancing the need for landlords to access justice.”

The current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, introduced as an emergency measure during lockdown, will end on May 31.

Housing Minister Chris Pincher says:

“Courts will continue to prioritise the most serious cases, such as those involving fraud or anti-social behaviour, with many of the evictions waiting to be enforced when the ban lifts predating the pandemic.