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Government to extend the moratorium on evictions again

Property / 16 September 2020

The government’s latest announcement to extend the moratorium on evictions and other rent recovery procedures (due to expire on 30 September) to the end of 2020 may come as no surprise to many, particularly as the next quarter date (29 September) is looming.

Whilst this may be a welcome reprieve for many tenants struggling to pay their rents, especially those who have not yet recovered from the enforced closures over the last 6 months, it doesn’t actually make the problem go away, but rather keeps delaying the inevitable – ie that at some point, the rent arrears have to be addressed.

So for now, the status quo remains and those who can actually afford to pay rents are only encouraged to do so, whilst their landlords are powerless if they do not pay.   It remains to be seen as to what rescue packages – and for whom – will be available when all of this unravels eventually.

Read our previous updates now:

Extension to ban on forfeiture and restrictions on landlords’ remedies

An update for commercial landlord and tenants

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