Bailiff eviction ban extended to March

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Enforced evictions by bailiffs will now be stayed until at least March 31.

Extension of the current ban on bailiff evictions was announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick on Valentine’s Day.

‘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’, he said.

‘Our measures strike the right balance between protecting tenants and enabling landlords to exercise their right to justice. Court rules and procedures introduced in September to support both tenants and landlords will remain in place and regularly reviewed, with courts continuing to prioritise the most cases, such as those involving anti-social behaviour, illegal occupation and perpetrators of domestic abuse in the social sector’.

The ban on bailiff evictions was introduced at the start of the pandemic. It has now been extended another six weeks and will be kept under review.

Landlords are also required to give six month notice 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, with time to find alternative support or accommodation.