I have been asked to move out

My tenancy is ending soon and hasn't been renewed/I have received a notice to quit/Section 21

Answer

If your tenancy ends without being renewed and the landlord takes no further action, you can stay put. Read more

On 18 March, the Government promised "no renter in either social or private accommodation will be forced out of their home during this difficult time."

On 25 March the Coronavirus Act extended the notice period for all evictions to three months. That means you may still receive a notice to quit, and the longer notice period will apply until 30 September 2020. You are not required to leave at the end of the notice periodOnly court-appointed bailiffs can make you leave your home. However, if your landlord makes a claim for possession through the courts you may be liable for their costs. We have a list of legal advice providers here.

All eviction cases in the court system have been suspended since 27 March, and on 5 June the government announced that this suspension would be in place until 23 August. This covers tenants and some licensees (lodgers and some other types of occupier are not covered).

In normal times, your landlord needs to obtain a court order to evict you and must act in line with the law. They must first serve a valid notice - it can be invalidated if your landlord:

  1. has not protected your deposit correctly
  2. has not licensed the property correctly
  3. has failed to fix dangerous disrepair in your home
  4. has taken an illegal fee from you, or
  5. did not issue you with a gas safety certificate, How to Rent Booklet and energy performance certificate at the start of your tenancy

Tenants Union UK have a useful guide here and Shelter has more information about illegal eviction and what you can do here.

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