The Government has announced that it will be extending the suspension of new evictions, from social or private rented accommodation, until 23 August 2020. Apart from the obvious threat of the coronavirus pandemic, people have been facing other issues as well. The lockdown has also affected the economy, and this way, many renters were unable to pay their monthly rent, and numerous people still are.
The aim of the Government is to protect vulnerable renters and ensure that no one is evicted from their home during this summer. This extension means that the prohibition of evictions will last for a total of 5 months, following the first time it was announced up until August. Everyone must have the security they need during these times of uncertainty, and this also includes financially unstable renters.
For tenants, landlords must follow the correct legal procedure of eviction, which typically means they need to get a court order or ask bailiffs to help with an eviction. It is considered illegal eviction if the landlord forces the tenant out by threatening them, forcing them out physically, or preventing them from entering areas of the home by changing the locks. However, currently, eviction has been banned up until the end of August.
See housing advice for international students during the coronavirus pandemic here.
In order for courts to be able to properly address the requests of all parties, ministers are working with the judiciary, legal representatives, and the advice sectors to come up with new arrangements and rules. Vulnerable tenants should get the help they need when experiencing financial difficulties, and it is clear that tenants and landlords should cooperate regarding a solution that suits both parties, announced the Government.
Many international students in the UK have lost their part-time jobs through which they earned the extra income they need to handle the living expenses. Those living in rented accommodation have also had to deal with the challenge of paying rent. The ban on evictions and its extension will also be beneficial to int’l students in the UK who have not returned home due to travel restrictions or reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A possible solution between tenants and landlords would be if the two would explore all the options before going to court. Such options would include flexible payment methods taking into consideration the personal circumstances of the tenant. Currently, the ban on evictions plans to take place up until the end of August, in hopes that the market will be able to operate as soon as possible without excessive damage.
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland QC MP, said:
“Protecting vulnerable people has been our priority throughout this pandemic. Extending this ban will give people invaluable security in these turbulent times and work continues at pace to ensure vulnerable renters remain protected long after the ban ends.”
The 2-month continuation will come into effect on 25 June, to make sure there is no gap between the current ban and the extension.