Due to the country still being in lockdown the Government has reviewed the evictions process and decided that both commercial and residential evictions should be delayed again.
Many business owners have sadly been unable to open at all throughout the pandemic and this has been recognised, today Robert Jenrick confirmed that while non-essentials can get back to business over the next few months, evictions will not be able to take place until 30 June to allow businesses to get back up and running.
Business Secretary, Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP said:
We’re doing everything we can to ensure businesses get the support they need to get through this pandemic and reopen when it is safe to do so.
I know business owners will welcome this latest package of support and the breathing space it will give them to prepare for a safe reopening, and, ultimately, to build back better.
For residential tenants the ban on bailiff enforced evictions continues, landlords still need to provide a 6 month notice period and the evictions ban has been extended until 31 May. This should help people maintain their homes and focus on getting back to work before having to worry about housing.
Housing Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
It is right that as we move through the roadmap, we ensure that businesses and renters continue to be supported.
We have taken unprecedented action to support both commercial and residential tenants throughout the pandemic – with a £280 billion economic package to keep businesses running and people in jobs and able to meet their outgoings, such as rent.
These measures build on the government’s action to provide financial support as restrictions are lifted over the coming months – extending the furlough scheme, business rates holiday and the Universal Credit uplift.
The Government has also made £180m available for discretionary housing payments to support those who cannot pay their rent. The Government has made clear that any businesses or individuals that can pay all or any of their rent should do so.