COVID-19: Tenant evictions will not be enforced during lockdown

The Government has announced that evictions will not be enforced until at least 11 January 2021, with no bailiff enforcement action, as England enters lockdown until 2 December.

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.”

Eviction hearings resumed in September in England and Wales following the lockdown measures and six-month ban on proceedings earlier in the year, but with coronavirus cases increasing and the Government announcing a second national lockdown as well as extending key support measures, the eviction ban has now been reinstated.

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.

The situation is expected to be reviewed in January as the Government also reviews the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which was recently extended until March 2021, support for the self-employed and key business loan and grant support measures.

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Tony Kent
Tony is Head of the Property Litigation team at Mackrell.Solicitors’ London office, where he has particular expertise in a wide range of property dispute areas, residential and commercial, acting for both landlord and tenant. His team advises on leasehold enfranchisement, rent and service charge recovery, residential and commercial possession proceedings and a variety of other types of litigation, including the recovery of estate agents’ fees and property-related matters.