Evictions ban in England extended for a further six weeks

News at Waterfords | 16/02/2021

Evictions ban in England extended for a further six weeks

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The evictions ban in England has been extended for a further six weeks, meaning that evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs until 31 March 2021 at the earliest.

The measures will be "kept under review in line with the latest public health advice". Exceptions will remain in place for the most "egregious cases", including illegal occupation, anti-social behaviour and arrears of six months’ rent or more. 

This is a continuation of the government's measures to protect tenants during lockdown, alongside the previously announced six-month notice periods, currently in place until at least 31 March 2021. 

The new court rules and procedures that were introduced in September will remain in place, with the courts continuing to prioritise serious cases, such as anti-social behaviour, illegal occupation, and perpetrators of domestic abuse in the social sector. The government also launched its free mediation pilot in February, "to support landlords and tenants to resolve disputes before a formal court hearing takes place". 

"Our measures strike the right balance between protecting tenants and enabling landlords to exercise their right to justice," said Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP. "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."

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