Tenant Eviction Can Start After September 21st
Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the global economy is going through a tumultuous period of change. We hope it will not have long-lasting and profound effects on global economies. But for the time being, we cannot escape the effect of the pandemic and people across the board are feeling the financial strain of lockdown.
In the UK the situation is no different. The ones that are under the highest risk are people with no savings or their property. That is, people that live in rented accommodation face a dark future especially if they lost their job during the pandemic.
Tenants across the country, nearly 100.000 of them face homelessness as a result of the financial crises brought on by the pandemic. For this reason, the government enacted a ban on eviction that has been in power for the past six months. The ban on tenant eviction was supposed to last until August but it was extended till September 21, 2020.
There were speculations that this ban will be extended once more but now we are certain that this will not be the case. In a couple of days, the court proceedings can start which may leave thousands of people homeless. Or they may enter into even more dept to gain access to new accommodation. The future is uncertain for many people and there are no new measures enacted that may help people alleviate the financial burden brought on by the pandemic. On the other hand, the eviction ban in Scotland is said to last until March 2021.
The entire situation is not as dark as it seems. The government will allow the eviction proceedings to start after the 21st but the notice period will be extended to last up to 6 months. However, many property owners are unsatisfied with this situation because it leaves the financial burden mostly on their backs. That is for the time being, because all that the tenants own, they will have to repay either in bulk or through monthly payments. This will leave many people in a situation where they will have to pay for new accommodation and at the same time, they will have to pay off the debt they accumulated during the pandemic.
For the time being, we know that 170.000 tenants have been threatened with eviction. This number is not small and it may cause a lot of people to end up on the street. This should be avoided as it may cause the virus to spread faster, especially when we consider that winter is approaching and there are speculations that a new wave of the virus will hit the world.
Also, certain regions in the UK will not have to follow these rules since the pandemic hit them harder than others. The eviction ban will still be in practice in these regions until the epidemiological situation stabilises. But as soon as the pandemic subsides, they will face the same scenario as the rest of the country.
Debt caused by the pandemic is present all through the country and every individual has the responsibility to pay their due. That is the only way we can ensure that the situation does not escalate even further. Renters are not the only ones affected, even though the crises hit them the hardest.
The best solution for this situation is to talk to your landlord and determine a payment plan for the debt that has accumulated. That way they can escape going to court or getting an eviction notice. Furthermore, they will also ensure a bit of financial security for their landlord who will have to continue paying the mortgage.