"BREAKING" THIS WEEK: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details
Updated: May 3, 2021
Changes have been made to evictions legislation this week (30th Apr 21) that mean landlords and letting agents will now have to ensure their paperwork is up to date or risk having evictions rejected by courts.
From Tuesday (May 4th) onwards Section 8 eviction notices must include details of the government’s ‘breathing space’ debt scheme within the paperwork to be compliant.
Announced last year, the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space) gives tenants in problem debt the right to legal protections from their creditors for up to 60 days.
These regulations come into force on Tuesday, which is why the ministry of housing has inserted an amendment into the relevant legislation.
Anyone who serves a notice using the incorrect template runs the risk of having their case thrown out on a technicality!
“With six-month notice periods in place at the moment this could be a very expensive mistake.