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Update: Possession proceedings

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The Government has confirmed that the ban on possession proceedings involving private tenancies will be extended to Sunday 20 September 2020.

Evictions will now be subject to a six-month notice period, with the exception of cases involving anti-social behaviour and domestic violence.

These cases will be prioritised when hearings resume in September.

Many private tenants have been experiencing hardship during the Covid-19 crisis which could affect their ability to keep up with their rent payments.

It is important for landlords to be flexible and have a frank and open conversation with tenants falling behind in their rent at the earliest opportunity, to allow both parties to agree a sensible way forward.

The Council is urging everyone to show compassion and exercise flexibility as far as possible.

We encourage private landlords and tenants to work through issues together – such as agreeing an affordable rent repayment plan if tenants fall into rent arrears as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak – before taking action through the court. 

Where possible and appropriate, if disputes over rent or other matters persist, landlords and tenants are encouraged to consider mediation.

This is a way to reach a mutually acceptable agreement to resolve their dispute, without the matter needing to go to court.

More information for private landlords

Help for landlords during Covid-19 crisis

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Private landlords in the borough may be eligible for a financial incentive should they choose to renew an existing tenancy to prevent a household from becoming homeless.

The scheme only applies where the tenant has an existing open homeless application with the Council and where we have a housing duty towards the household. 

The scheme would provide a lump sum to the landlord for extending a tenancy by six or 12 months. There could also be reinbursement for any costs incurred by the landlord starting legal proceedings.

For any enquiries please email our Housing Advice team

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