The Government has announced that evictions will not be enforced until at least 11 January 2021, with no bailiff enforcement action, with England due to exit national lockdown on 2 December and re-enter tiered restrictions.
Six month notice periods will now stay in place until at least March 2021, except in the most serious cases, such as for cases of domestic abuse in social housing, fraud or anti-social behaviour.
Robert Jenrick, Housing Secretary, said: “We have already taken unprecedented action to support renters during the pandemic including introducing a six month notice period and financial support to help those struggling to pay their rent.
“We are now going further by protecting renters from eviction during the new national restrictions and throughout the Christmas period – with a pause on bailiff activity other than in the most serious circumstances, such as anti-social behaviour or fraud.”
A backlog of cases had built up during the previous ban, while the extension of the six month notice period will also have an impact on landlords. Measures had been put in place to account for areas in local lockdown, but with national measures now implemented in England, the Government has extended the eviction ban nationally.
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