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10 September 2020

Government sets out measures to support renters over the coming winter

Summary

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick confirms a number of measures to support renters over autumn and winter. The government reiterates that changes to law have been made to increase notice periods to 6 months so renters who are served notice can still stay in their homes over winter. The government also confirms that in areas where there is a local lockdown, evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs. The government also highlights the existing £180m funding pot for Discretionary Housing Payments made available this year for local authorities to support vulnerable renters. There will be a 'winter truce' on the enforcement of evictions, with no evictions permitted in England and Wales in the run-up to and over Christmas except in the most serious circumstances, such as cases involving anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse.

Source(s)

Gov.uk press release