Loss of £20 UC uplift could increase risk of eviction

From 6 October, 6.2 million people in receipt of Universal Credit will have their benefit cut by £20 per week, an uplift which was introduced by the Government at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. This will not only see many people plunged into further poverty and struggle to pay basic bills such as rent and electricity, but also cut the amount of any Third-Party Deductions being made to repay debt such as rent arrears. This could potentially leave more people at risk of eviction, says Caridon Landlord Solutions.

Notice periods return to pre-Covid lengths from 1 October

The Government has confirmed that the emergency measures introduced as part of the Coronavirus Act 2020, requiring landlords to provide longer notice periods when seeking possession of residential property, will come to an end on 30 September.

Calls for relief package to help with post-pandemic arrears

The number of tenants in arrears has tripled over the last year, leaving MPs and National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) once again calling for a grant or loan system for renters in England, so they can get on top of “a tsunami of debt”. Many renters are already struggling to pay off arrears they have accumulated through no fault of their own and that is before the furlough scheme draws to a close in autumn.

Landlords – Know your notice periods

?With so many changes over the last 18 months, landlords could be forgiven for getting confused about how much notice they have to give to their tenants if they would like to gain possession of their property.

14-month eviction ban comes to an end

On 23 March 2020, county courts were forced to suspend evictions due to the global outbreak of Coronavirus. After 14 very long months, that ban has now come to an end and bailiffs can once again execute possession warrants and the courts system can restart.

24 Months to pay back advances on Universal Credit payments

Around six million people across the UK are currently receiving Universal Credit, a financial benefit payment provided by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) intended to help those out of work or on a low income with daily living costs.