The following press release was received from West Berkshire Council on 11 June 2021 and we’re happy to publish it below in its entirety. See below about how to get advice regarding your housing circumstances.
Over the last 15 months we have all been hit hard by many changes introduced due to the pandemic. One particular change that the Housing Service at West Berkshire Council adapted swiftly and proactively to was the impact on tenants affected by the ending of the ban on evictions by landlords under the Coronavirus Act 2020.
The requirements in the Act increased the mandatory notice period length that landlords must provide to tenants when seeking possession of a property, and had been extended through this additional legislation.
We have continued to provide statutory services that remained accessible at our Council Offices and through digital services. This enabled the most vulnerable residents facing rough sleeping, homelessness, domestic abuse or a disability to have access to advice, assistance and remain safe.
As we see national restrictions easing and enter the recovery stage of the roadmap set out by central Government, initiatives to encourage movement in the housing market, such as the stamp duty holiday, will come to an end. In addition to this the moratorium to suspend evictions, which was an emergency measure introduced during the pandemic to prevent tenants being forced out of their home at an unsettling time, has now been lifted.
Cllr Hilary Cole, Executive Member for Housing, Strategic Partnerships and Transformation at West Berkshire Council, said: “The Council’s Housing team has been proactive in preparation for these changes by working with landlords and lettings agents to prevent homelessness.
“We want to assure residents that the team are here to help and can provide advice and support to access financial support depending on individual circumstances.”
If you, or anyone you know, is concerned or has been affected by the lifting of the eviction ban or is experiencing financial hardship, there is a range of Government financial packages available. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until 30 September 2021 as well as the uplift of £20 per week for Universal Credit to support those who have been financially impacted.
For advice regarding your housing circumstances please get in touch by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the Duty Housing Team on: 01635 519530 and select option 2, or for a general housing enquiry please select option 1 to receive assistance.