Our fixed term tenancy will finish on 31st July; with a two month notice period. I believe it’s likely that we will still be in lockdown by the end of July. I think it’s very likely that we’ll still be in lockdown by the end of May (when we have to make a decision).
May I ask:
Regardless of COVID-19, if no new fixed term contract is agreed, then does the tenancy automatically become a rolling contract?
It’s easier to evict from a rolling contract; I believe that the landlord can also decide to end the contract at the end of May. However, aren’t evictions currently banned, during the pandemic? Would this not cancel out this problem?
Lockdown and social distancing is law, if I’m not mistaken. Wouldn’t that make flat viewings — both for us, if we had to move, and any potential new tenants of our current place; not to mention the process of moving home, itself — illegal? I assume one can’t be compelled to break the law.
The reason I ask is because our landlord wants a new fixed term contract, potentially allowing for a break clause. We’d much rather a rolling contract and I want to find good arguments to support that.