Section 21 eviction
Section 21 eviction process
From 21 September the courts start to deal with evictions again.
There is a backlog of cases and the eviction process takes time.
But they must follow certain rules if they want to give you a section 21. For example, protect your deposit and give you a gas safety certificate.
Notice periods have been temporarily extended because of coronavirus.
|When you were given notice||Minimum notice period|
|On or after 29 August 2020||6 months|
|Between 26 March and 28 August 2020||3 months|
|Before 26 March 2020||2 months|
2. Court action
They could also apply to restart a case that was on hold due to the pause on evictions. You get a 'reactivation notice' if this happens.
There may not be a hearing if your landlord uses the 'accelerated procedure' so it's important to return your defence form.
A judge decides if a hearing is needed by looking at the information they have from both you and your landlord.
The court can only stop an eviction if there's a problem with the section 21 notice.
Your landlord can apply for bailiffs if you stay in your home past the date on a possession order. They might use either:
- county court bailiffs
- high court enforcement officers
The bailiffs must give you at least 2 weeks' notice of the eviction date.
Bailiffs will start to carry out evictions again from 6 October 2020.
Last updated 21 September 2020 | © Shelter
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