Guidance

COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities

Non-statutory guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the private and social rented sectors in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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This guidance provides advice to landlords and tenants on the provisions in the Coronavirus Act 2020, and further advice for landlords, tenants and local authorities more broadly about their rights and responsibilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published 28 March 2020
Last updated 26 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include link to guidance on the changes to the national lockdown rules from 8 March.

  2. Guidance updated to reflect new legislation extending the prevention on enforcement of evictions in England during the national lockdown and launch of the mediation pilot.

  3. Guidance updated to reflect 4 January announcement of national lockdown for England.

  4. Updated to reflect changes to the tier system and the introduction of a 4th tier from 20 December.

  5. Sections 2.9 and 2.23 of the Landlord and tenant guidance updated to reflect that the 14-day isolation period is now 10 days.

  6. Landlord and tenant guidance updated to provide further information on communal lounges in specialist sheltered and retirement housing and on canteens in extra-care housing.

  7. Guidance updated to reflect the local restriction tier system that will be in place from Wednesday 2 December.

  8. Guidance updated to reflect new legislation to prevent enforcement of evictions in England during the period of national restrictions and over the Christmas period.

  9. Guidance updated to reflect new national restrictions in England from 5 November.

  10. Guidance for landlords and tenants and technical guidance on eviction notices updated to reflect new regulations for the possession action process.

  11. Updated to reflect amended regulations and wider government public health advice.

  12. Guidance updated to reflect changes to wider government and public health advice.

  13. Guidance updated to reflect amended regulations and changes to wider government and public health advice.

  14. First published.