On 8 January, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced the government has extended the tenant eviction ban for a further six weeks. The evictions ban was initially due to end on 11 January, however, this has now been delayed across the UK.
For England, no evictions can be forced by bailiffs until 21 February 2021 at the earliest. For Wales and Scotland, this has been extended further to the end of March.
As Jenrick outlined, “we are extending the ban on bailiff evictions – helping to protect the most vulnerable renters.”
During the first national lockdown in 2020, the government announced its tenant eviction ban, which was originally intended to last for three months. The aim was to support and protect renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic from being evicted. Over the course of 2020, this ban was extended, initially for 2 months and then subsequently for another 4 weeks.
Over the last month, a ‘Christmas truce’ has been in place meaning bailiffs in England and Wales have been unable to serve eviction notices.
During this current period, however, courts will continue to process evictions involving serious anti-social behaviour and other crimes. A six month notice period will also still be required for tenants, unless serious circumstances exist or arise.
According to research released by the NRLA, more than 95% of private renters kept up rent payments or arranged alternative payment agreements with their landlords. This emphasises the significant level of tenant and landlord cooperation during the difficult and uncertain climate of this crisis.
This article has been updated. This article is intended as a guide only. For further information, please refer to the government’s website.