As has been well publicised in the national media, evictions have started again since 1st June 2021. The laws were changed during the early days of the pandemic as the government protected struggling renters who had seen their incomes plummet almost overnight so they could not be forced out of their homes and eviction hearings were banned in courts in England and Wales in March 2020.
The reality behind this headline is that bailiffs can now enforce residential evictions orders which have been obtained over the last 15 months. In general, any eviction of the occupier of a residential premises can only be carried out pursuant to a court order. Even if the landlord has been able to obtain such an order, bailiffs have been unable to carry out the physical eviction.
That is about to change and numerous eviction orders can be enforced. However, the rules which relate to getting such an order have changed greatly over the past 15 months and continue to change as general restrictions are eased.
Getting an eviction order can be a complex process and landlords can be penalised if they do not follow very specific rules. Therefore, following the correct process is vital in preventing an unwanted occupant from staying longer.
Landlords have suffered during the pandemic and the last thing they will want is to fall foul of the court’s procedures.
At Dawson Hart we can both advise on and assist with the many types of residential evictions that arise.
If you require any advice on how to deal with an eviction, please contact Nick Stockley on NJS@dawson-hart.co.uk or call 01825 762281.