Pause on evictions coming to an end
The pause on evictions comes to an end on 1st June. If you receive a notice of eviction and take no action at all, the eviction will go ahead as scheduled. Court bailiffs will be able to carry out evictions if your case has reached this stage.
There may be situations where you can stop or delay an eviction. You can complete form N244 to ask the courts to:
- stop the bailiffs
- delay the bailiffs
- make changes to your possession order
We have provided some useful guidance from Shelter for anyone who is currently at risk of eviction.
Bailiffs will not evict if you let them know that you or anyone you live with has:
- coronavirus symptoms
- tested positive for coronavirus
- been told to self isolate by the NHS
Contact the bailiffs as soon as you know you must self-isolate. Their contact details are on the notice of eviction. You can also tell the bailiffs on the day. The eviction should be rescheduled and you will get another 2 weeks’ notice.
Notices get shorter from 1 June
Most tenants will still be entitled to at least 4 months’ notice before court action can start.
A section 21 must give at least 4 months’ notice if it’s received on or after 1 June 2021.
Most other eviction notices must also give at least 4 months’ notice but there are some situations where your landlord can give a much shorter notice. For example, high rent arrears or antisocial behaviour. Check the notice rules for your situation.
What if I have rent arrears?
You’re entitled to 4 months’ notice if you can keep your arrears below 4 months.
Pay your full rent if you can and try to agree a repayment arrangement with your landlord.
From 1 June, your landlord can give just 4 weeks’ notice if you owe 4 months’ rent or more.
This means they could apply to court much sooner.
Breathing Space is a new scheme that can help tenants with rent arrears. It pauses the eviction process for up to 60 days while you get debt advice. Find out if you qualify for breathing space
What if I got my notice before 1 June 2021?
Your notice could still be valid. Notice periods have changed several times because of coronavirus and your landlord had to follow the rules in place when they gave you notice.
Find out about the eviction process and the notice rules during the pandemic if you’re a:
- private renter with a section 21 notice
- private renter with a section 8 notice
- council or housing association tenant
How long is the eviction process?
The eviction process takes several months.
There are 3 stages:
- court action
- eviction by bailiffs
It may be possible to stop or delay the process, especially if you’re a council or housing association tenant.
If you rent privately, it may not be possible to stay in your home long term but the eviction process still takes time. Many private renters use their notice period to find somewhere else to live and leave the property when the notice ends. But your tenancy continues if you stay past the end of the notice. Only court bailiffs can evict you from your home.
What if my landlord pressures me to leave?
You can and should stay in your home, especially if you have nowhere else to stay. You can ask the council for help if you’re struggling to find somewhere else to live. The council must help if you’re facing pressure to leave from a landlord or agent, or if your section 21 notice ends in the next 8 weeks.
- harass you
- lock you out of your home, even temporarily
- make you leave without notice or a court order
Don’t be pressured into signing documents that contain a date for you to leave.
If your landlord wants to sell the property or move in themselves, you could try and negotiate a payment to leave early.
Where can I get help?
Call the Shelter Helpline on 0808 800 4444 to talk to an expert housing adviser if you’re in urgent need of housing advice. You should use this line if:
- You have nowhere to sleep, or might be homeless soon
- You have somewhere to sleep, but nowhere to call home
- You are/could be at risk of harm
The helpline is open every single day of the year:
- 8am – 8pm on weekdays
- 9am – 5pm on weekends
Use the Shelter Web Chat service to chat to an expert housing adviser online. The free web chat service is available 9am – 5pm on weekdays
Visit the Citizens Advice website for useful self-help information or to chat to an adviser online
Call our Freephone Citizens Advice Peterborough Adviceline number on 0808 278 7850 to speak to an adviser