THE ban on landlords evicting tenants has been extended until next week following fears thousands could lose their homes.

In most cases, landlords must now give tenants six months’ notice before seeking possession through the courts, and a further stay on possession proceedings, until September 20.

However, the Government has moved to expedite proceedings in more serious cases.

The exact amount of notice required will depend on the type of tenancy and the reason the landlord is pursuing eviction.

Cherwell District Council that has been working to prevent people losing their homes during the pandemic welcomed the Government's much-needed extension.

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Before the Covid-19 crisis, notice of eviction was usually only two months.

Clouncillor John Donaldson, Cherwell's lead member for housing, said: "The Covid-19 pandemic and the necessary lockdown measures have affected people in many walks of life.

"We do not want to see anyone being made homeless because of coronavirus, which is why I am pleased that the eviction notice period has been extended.

"Landlords are not automatically being granted mortgage holidays by the banks, so it is also very important that tenants honour their commitments to landlords as much as possible.

"We are here to offer advice and support to both landlords and tenants and would urge anyone with concerns about renting to get in touch with us.

"In the minority of cases where possession proceedings really must be started, we want to make sure landlords are fully up to date with the latest changes to legislation."

For advice and support, people can contact the council’s tenancy relations officer on 01295 227961 or