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Eviction ban ending for landlords wishing to recover possession

The UK government confirmed last week that the temporary ban on residential rental property evictions enforced by bailiffs in England, brought in during the coronavirus pandemic, will end on 31st May 2021.

In addition, eviction notice periods which (save for some exceptions where the notice period may be as little as 4 weeks) were previously extended to 6 months as an emergency measure during the pandemic, will be set at 4 months from 1st June 2021.

The announcement also indicated that if lockdown restrictions ease as planned, notice periods will return to how they were before the pandemic from 1st October 2021. In England, that is usually no more than 2 months’ notice (although may be more or less in some cases).

Further information

If you are a landlord who wishes to terminate a tenancy to seek to recover possession of your property, need advice to navigate this tricky area and the potential criminal offences which may be committed as a result of unlawful eviction. Please speak to your usual contact at Druces or: