Jenrick extends ban on evictions and notice periods

The ban on evictions extended for another 4 weeks and new 6 month notice periods to be in place until at least 31 March 2021.

Renters affected by coronavirus will continue to be protected after the government extended the ban on evictions for another 4 weeks, meaning in total no legal evictions will have taken place for 6 months, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced on the 21st August 2020.

The government also intends to give tenants greater protection from eviction over the winter by requiring landlords to provide tenants with 6 months’ notice in all bar those cases raising other serious issues such as those involving anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse perpetrators, until at least the end of March.

The government will keep these measures under review with decisions guided by the latest public health advice.

When courts do resume eviction hearings they will carefully prioritise the most egregious cases, ensuring landlords are able to progress the most serious cases, such as those involving anti-social behaviour and other crimes, as well as where landlords have not received rent for over a year and would otherwise face unmanageable debts.

The government has taken unprecedented action to support renters during the pandemic, preventing people getting into financial hardship and helping businesses to pay salaries – meaning no tenants have been evicted since the start.

As a result, according to independent research, 87% of tenants have continued to pay full rent since the start of the pandemic, with a further 8% agreeing reduced fees with their landlords.

The vast majority of landlords have shown understanding and leadership, taking action to support tenants.

With coronavirus still posing an ongoing risk to public health, the government will continue to take action where necessary to further protect households in both the private and social rented sector are supported over winter, helping to keep them safe.

Today’s extension to the stay and 6 month notice periods will ensure those most at risk are protected. If tenants are unable to afford their rent we encourage them to speak to their landlord to agree a solution, and some households may decide to consider moving.

Government will continue to work with the judiciary and stakeholders to ensure that the courts are prepared for eviction cases to be heard safely.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said:

I know this year has been challenging and all of us are still living with the effects of COVID-19. That is why today I am announcing a further 4 week ban on evictions, meaning no renters will have been evicted for 6 months.

I am also increasing protections for renters – 6 month notice periods must be given to tenants, supporting renters over winter.

However, it is right that the most egregious cases, for example those involving anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse perpetrators, begin to be heard in court again; and so when courts reopen, landlords will once again be able to progress these priority cases.

Further information

Case listing, including prioritisation, is a judicial function and we are working with the judiciary through the Master of the Rolls’ Working Group on possession to consider the categories of serious cases that would be prioritised when hearings resume. Further detail on those categories will be set out in due course and we will engage with key stakeholders on this.

Independent polling for the National Residential Landlords Associationrecently found that 87% of private tenants have paid their rent as normal throughout the pandemic so far. An additional 8% said that they had agreed a reduced rent, a rent-free period or made some other agreement with their landlord or letting agent.

The extension to the ban on evictions and prioritisation of the most serious case applies to courts in England and Wales

The intention to extend notice periods to 6 month applies to England only.

On 5 June the government announced that the suspension of housing possession cases in the courts had been extended by a further 2 months.

To support those on Universal Credit or Housing Benefit in the private rented sector, Local Housing Allowance rates have been set to the 30th percentile of rents in each area. For those who require additional support Discretionary Housing Payments are available.

As announced at the spending round for 2020/21 there is already £180 million in Discretionary Housing Payments for Local authorities to distribute for supporting renters with housing costs in the private and social rented sectors.

We remain committed to bringing forward reforms to provide greater security to tenants, but it is only right that this is balanced with an assurance that landlords are able to recover their properties where they have valid reasons to do so. This is vital to ensuring the future supply of good quality housing in the rented sector.

We will bring forward legislation in due course, once the urgencies of responding to the pandemic have passed, to deliver a better deal for renters and a fairer more effective rental market.

SOURCE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jenrick-extends-ban-on-evictions-and-notice-periods

IPM welcomes new director, Sarah Parkyn

NEW DIRECTOR APPOINTMENT AT IPM

IPM is excited to welcome Sarah Parkyn as a new director of Inspired Property Management effective from the 1st August 2020. The appointment will expand the board of directors from three to four independent directors, bringing valuable experience and insight to the board. This appointment will enable the board of directors to enhance its commercial experience and operational insight, particularly within property industry.

Sarah is an award-winning property manager with over 20 years’ experience in the property management. In 2019, Sarah won two awards for achieving the most outstanding exam papers in both the Associate and Membership exams for the IRPM, resulting in her MIRPM and AssocRICS qualification. Sarah will continue her role as Director at Resident’s Quarter alongside her new appointment.

Sarah Parkyn, director at Inspired Property Management, said: “It’s a huge honour to have been appointed as a director at IPM, especially during these challenging times as this shows IPM’s continued commitment to growth and leadership for the business. I’m excited about working closely with Danielle Parker and David Poppleton to contribute to the strategic leadership and management of the company. IPM provide a fantastic service for their customers, and are highly regarded as professional leasehold block managers.”

“Having worked as the director of Residents Quarter Limited with Danielle and David over the last three years, I have witnessed first-hand their dedication to making IPM, one of the leading Property Management agencies in the Country. I’m thrilled to be joining them to lead the team and take the next steps for future growth at the company.”

Danielle Parker, director at Inspired Property Management, commented: “I am delighted to have Sarah join us at this important and exciting time. As we have previously worked with Sarah, we understood her drive and experience within the industry and felt this was a good fit as part of the leadership team to continue with the expansion plans for the business.”

“Sarah is an exceptionally qualified and experienced director who will utilise her vast knowledge to ensure the further development of IPM through the next phase of growth, she will have my full support and that of our other directors. I am excited for what we will achieve now and in the future.”