As you will have no doubt picked up from several of our latest articles, we haven’t been overly impressed with the Government’s support (or lack thereof) shown to landlords as we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis.
It’s been shoddy at best, down right offensive at worst.
The latest changes, brought in on Saturday 29th August and set to last for at least 7 months, will mean that in the majority of cases, landlords will be required to give six months’ notice periods for most types of evictions.
This is just another tenant weighted change to the covid legislation that has angered many in landlord circles.
Interestingly, as rumours about these changes began to filter through, there was an upsurge in the number of eviction notices served in the week leading up to the new legislation being published, as landlords looked to get the balls rolling whilst they still could.
This wasn’t a coincidence, as the legislation isn’t retrospective, meaning that eviction notices served before the 29th would still be bound to the previous time limits, which are much more favourable than a lengthy six month wait.
In our opinion, this legislation triggered, ‘knee jerk’ reaction, has the potential to cause great difficulties for many vulnerable people, and in effect, could well have the direct opposite kind of impact than it was intended to bring.
Just another example of landlords being ignored, maybe?
Potentially, however there have been a number of concessions made to do with the latest evictions legislation, and these concessions offer a glimmer of hope, perhaps…
· Anti-social behaviour (4 weeks’ notice instead of 6 months)
· Domestic violence (2 weeks’ notice instead of 6 months)
· Rent arrears over 6 months (4 weeks’ notice instead of 6 months)
· Tenancies gained through fraud (2 weeks’ notice instead of 6 months)
There are also exemptions to do with immigration status, and a 4 month extension of Section 21 notice periods, to allow landlords the necessary time to get a court date, but don’t get us started on Section 21 evictions and the legislative nightmare that had the potential to become…
So, are these concessions a glimmer of hope? A step in the right direction?
Or are there just more headaches on the road ahead for landlords - that much maligned group of people, who seem to be expected to shoulder so much sympathy and understanding right now.
Time will tell.