Evictions paperwork window closes as government prepares to end ban

Letting agents and landlords who have not applied for a reactivation notice to keep possession claims going will now have to start from scratch.

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Evictions latest: Letting agents and landlords who have not applied for ‘reactivation notices’ to keep their possession claims live within the court system have now missed their chance to do so, the government has said.

This means the thousands of court applications received prior to 3rd August 2020 which have been waiting for a evictions hearing date but not received it yet will now have to start from scratch again with a new application and court fee.

This only applies to landlords or agents who did not submit a ‘reactivation notice’ to keep the eviction process moving forward prior to 4pm on 30th April 2021.

The announcement has been in the pipeline for some time and is part of the government’s slow winding down of the evictions ban, which is due to finish on 31st May.

Remove tenants

The day after that bailiff evictions will be able to start again and landlords and agents will be able to use warrants once more to remove tenants.

But the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is keen to prevent the ‘tsunami’ of evictions that Shelter and other housing charities have been predicting recently.

The ministry’s accompanying advice says: “You should consider whether making a possession claim is appropriate before confirming that you wish to proceed.

“For example, if you are making a claim on rent arrears grounds you may wish to negotiate a rent repayment plan with your tenant rather than proceed with the possession claim.”

But the resumption of evictions cannot come soon enough for the approximately 20,000 landlords waiting to regain possession of their properties, many of whom have faced a 12-18 month wait to eject tenants who stopped paying their rent before Covid struck.

Read the updated guidance.


  1. The delay in the legal process for possession has been nothing short of sequestration of private rental property by government to off-load the welfare state provision onto private individuals.
    If landlords had a large enough representative body, a legal challenge should have been considered, instead of cosying up to MHCLG, producing Pre-Action protocols etc !

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