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Government announces changes to support tenants

September 30, 2020 6:43 PM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough

Revenge-Eviction-ImageThe government has announced emergency legislation that will help support tenants over the winter months.

Eviction notice periods have been increased to six months, meaning that tenants who are served notice will be able to stay in their homes until the end of March 2021, allowing them extra time to find alternative support or accommodation. Some exceptions remain, including where a tenant has demonstrated anti-social behaviour or committed fraud, and the landlord would like to rent the property to an alternative tenant.

Support is also being provided to tenants struggling to keep up with rent payments because of the pandemic. Landlords will be expected to work with their tenants to put in place a flexible payment plan based on their individual circumstances. Every effort should be made by the landlord to cooperate with their tenant(s) before seeking eviction.

Bedford Borough Council is available to offer advice and assistance to any resident facing eviction. If you or someone you know would like advice on a housing issue call Bedford Borough Council on 01234 718058.

The Citizens Advice Bureau is also available to offer free and independent advice to anyone struggling to maintain payments of rent and bills. If you want to speak to Citizens Advice Bureau Bedford, you can phone 01234 867944 between 9:45am-1pm Monday to Thursdays and between 9.30am - 1pm on Fridays. Advice can also be requested through their online form at https://www.bedfordcab.org.uk/find-advice-form.html.