Changes to Notices and Evictions Landlords Should be Aware of

During the Coronavirus pandemic the government changed the rules surrounding tenant evictions in England and Wales; new measures have also been announced in Scotland.


To protect people from become homeless during the pandemic, the government has banned bailiff-enforced evictions across the UK. However, the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, which was introduced as a short-term measure during the lockdown, ended on 31st May 2021.


Bailiffs have been asked not to carry out an eviction if anyone living in the property has COVID-19 symptoms or that is self-isolating. Similarly, eviction notice periods in England that were previously extended to 6 months as an emergency measure during the pandemic will, for the majority of tenancies, be set at 4 months from 1st June 2021.


In Wales, the six month notice is still required to serve a valid eviction notice.


In Scotland, the enforcement of evictions depends on what assigned 'COVID level’ the property is located within. Evictions can be enforced in Level 2 and below but cannot be enforced in Levels 3 and 4.


You can find full government guidance and more information on any changes to the law here.