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Bedford Borough Council is available to offer advice and assistance to any resident facing eviction

The government has announced emergency legislation that will help support tenants over the winter months.

Eviction notice periods have been increased to six months. This means that tenants who are served notice will be able to stay in their homes until the end of March 2021. This will allow 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.

Councillor Colleen Atkins, portfolio holder for Community Safety, Regulatory Services and Housing said:

“The extension of the eviction notice to six-months and other help is welcomed and will give further support to tenants during these difficult times. With citizens across the UK facing unprecedented challenges, we need to ensure that those who are most vulnerable to the economic impacts of COVID-19 get the support they deserve.

“As a council, we are committed to supporting residents who are struggling to keep up with rent payments through no fault of their own. If you are having a dispute with a private landlord and are worried about losing your home, please get in touch.”

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 its online form