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Changes to the eviction process during the COVID-19 outbreak

The Government has introduced temporary changes to the eviction process.

The rules and advice may change. We will update this page regularly but you should check the Government’s guidance for landlords and tenants.

Evictions

  • Landlords are strongly advised not to evict tenants or lodgers while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.
  • As of 27 March 2020, all court evictions have been stopped for three months.
  • On 26 March 2020, the notice period before a landlord can start eviction proceedings was increased to three months.

Rent

There is no rent holiday. Tenants should continue to pay rent.

If your circumstances have changed and you cannot pay your rent, you should tell your landlord. You can get advice about dealing with debt from Citizens Advice.

Find out what benefits you can claim.

Mortgages

Landlords may be able to claim a mortgage holiday. Find more information about a mortgage holiday on the Residential Landlords Association’s website.