Eviction ban ending: support is available

2 June 2021

The national end to the ban on evictions finished this week. For renters who are at risk of becoming homeless, local help is at hand.

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, introduced as an emergency measure during the lockdown, came to an end on Monday, 31 May.

London Councils has highlighted that the housing crisis is “particularly severe” in the capital, with homelessness predicted to soar following the eviction ban lifting.

Around 130,000 people are renting in Brent and, with uncertainty about employment and extra financial pressures following the pandemic, the council is highlighting the help available. 

People at risk of eviction should contact the Homeless Project Team on 020 8937 2211 or 020 8937 2534 or homelessproject@brent.gov.uk

The service is open, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Lead Member for Housing & Welfare Reform, said: “The next few months will create anxiety and uncertainty for people who rent privately and have fallen behind on their rent during the pandemic through no fault of their own.

“If you’re a tenant who can’t pay your rent, we would advise you in the first instance to speak to your landlord to negotiate a reduction or rent holiday. And please remember there are options available to help people pay their rent, bills and other living costs, like food.

“It is a daunting time, but if you are concerned, please get in touch, and our team can advise on the help available. The earlier people get in touch, the easier it will be to help. We’ll be working with landlords as well, ensuring they know how best to support tenants.”

 “I’m also urging the government to take action. This is a ticking time bomb and one that could see vast numbers of people becoming homeless.”

From 1 June, notice periods that are currently six months will reduce to at least four months. Notice periods for the most serious cases that present the most strain on landlords will remain lower. Bailiffs have been asked not to carry out an eviction if anyone living in the property has COVID-19 symptoms or is self-isolating.

It remains illegal for a landlord to harass a tenant to leave, lock someone out of their home, or make them leave without a court order. Tenants who have not undergone the court process for eviction will still have a four-month notice period.

For further support, please visit: https://www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/benefits-and-money-advice/resident-s-support-fund/