The government on Sunday (14 February) announced an extension to the ban on bailiff evictions of tenants for an additional six weeks until 31 March.
Renters will receive further support during the ongoing national lockdown with a six-week extension to the ban on bailiff evictions, originally due to end on 21 February, but now finishing on 31 March. The ban has been in place since the start of the pandemic and will continue to remain under review in line with the latest public health advice.
Exceptions to the eviction ban are limited to the most egregious cases, including anti-social behaviour, illegal occupation, death of a tenant where the property is unoccupied, fraud, perpetrators of domestic abuse in social housing, and rent arrears equivalent to at least 6 months’ rent.
Landlords are still required to give six-month notice periods to tenants before starting possession proceedings, except in the most serious circumstances, meaning that most renters now served notice can stay in their homes until at least August 2021.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said:
“We have 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. By extending the ban on the enforcement of evictions by bailiffs, in all but the most serious cases, we are ensuring renters remain protected during this difficult time. Our measures strike the right balance between protecting tenants and enabling landlords to exercise their right to justice.”