Emergency laws mean that most private tenants who get an eviction notice are entitled to:
- 3 months notice if it was given between 26 March 2020 and 23 July 2020
- 6 months notice if it was given between 24 July 2020 and 30 September 2020 (unless the landlord is giving the notice on the grounds of anti-social behaviour in which case it is 3 months).
If you have received a section 21 or a section 8 notice from your landlord you should stay in your home. Evictions take time and you don’t have to leave at the end of your notice under current law.
All court proceedings for eviction are on hold until the 23 August 2020.
- If your landlord has already applied to the court then your case will be put off until after the 23 August 2020
- If your landlord wants to continue the case to evict you after the 23 August 2020 they will need to send a notice to you and to the court. They must give information in the notice about the impact coronavirus has had on you and your family
- You will be contacted by the court if this happens and you will be told if there is to be a court hearing. The hearing might be dealt with by video or audio link
- You should still pay your rent during any notice period or while you are waiting for a court hearing.
If you are a lodger who lives with your landlord, these rules don’t apply.