In Northern Ireland, new laws were introduced requiring landlords to give tenants at least 12 weeks' notice to quit
before applying for a court order to secure an eviction.
What protections are there for renters?
There are a series of steps a landlord must take to evict someone:
- Issue a Section 21 or Section 8 notice with the date they want a tenant to leave
- Get a possession order from the court if a tenant stays beyond the date
- Ask the court for a warrant of possession if they don't leave on time. The court then sends an eviction notice to the tenants, who can be evicted by a bailiff
- Someone can only be evicted if correct procedure has been followed and they could challenge the order if they have been discriminated against
Once eviction hearings restart in England, the government says the courts will prioritise the most serious cases. These included those involving anti-social behaviour and other crimes, and ones where landlords have not received rent for more than a year
What protections are there for landlords?
Landlords with tenants experiencing financial difficulties due to the pandemic have been able to apply for a mortgage payment holiday, which ends in October.
Landlords have still been able to issue possession and eviction notices during the ban, with extended notice periods.
In England, the government says that allowing eviction hearings to resume is an important step towards protecting landlords' rights.
Can I get help to pay my rent?
Government guidance says that tenants should continue to pay their rent where possible, and that agreed rent levels remain legally due.
If a tenant currently has difficulty paying rent, the government says they should work out a payment scheme with their landlords.
Financial support is also available. Housing benefit and universal credit were increased "so that the local housing allowance will cover at least 30% of market rents" within an area.
People can also apply to their local council for help if they are homeless, or set to become homeless within eight weeks.
Source: BBC News website