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Covid Eviction and Bedroom Tax

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Jat Singh asked 4 months ago

Hi All (hope you are safe and well)

Just a couple of general questions:

  • I need to get a few things sorted before I can issue a Section 21. This most likely will be end being mid January. I realise this is a bit of a "how long is a piece of rope type" question, with the restrictions currently of having to give 6 month notice until end of March. Do you think people will wait until March and see if it goes back to 2 months in the next couple of months or is it best to just issue it regardless? as the 6 month can obviously be extended.
  • The other question is about "bedroom tax" or whatever the official title is, whereby housing benefit tenants can be penalised (14% or 25%) if they have additional bedrooms where they live. Does anyone know if a property is 2/3 bedrooms, whereby to access the 3rd bedroom you have to walk through the 2nd bedroom, is this a 2 or 3 bedroom house?

Thanks

1 Answers
Marc Attwater Staff answered 4 months ago

We have no idea if they will extend the notice period and the eviction process any further. You can serve a section 21 notice now, the restriction for eviction notice it would appear only applies to the bailiff eviction notice.

https://thebla.co.uk/restriction-on-eviction-notices-may-not-include-section-8-21/

Marc Attwater Staff replied 4 months ago

The legal situation regarding eviction is crystal clear. Contact our member’s helpline and speak to one of the lawyers. Advice is free.

Jat Singh replied 4 months ago

Thanks Marc.

Just to clarify, do the same forms (section 21, 6A) still apply, even though they will have 2 months written on them?

As I have a slightly difficult eviction, I have contacted eviction specialists and have got mixed responses to the 6 month only applying to the bailiff eviction notice. I appreciate there is a lack of info on this, has anyone seen anything official anywhere (i.e. from the .gov.uk website), as I cannot.

Thanks

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