During the second national lockdown, the only circumstances where these protections for tenants against eviction do not apply are illegal occupation, fraud, anti-social behaviour, eviction of domestic abuse perpetrators in social housing and, according to recent reports, for "serious pre-Covid-19" arrears, where the equivalent of nine months’ rent arrears had built up before 23 March 2020 , when the UK went into national lockdown.
“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,” said Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.
“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, striking the right balance between helping tenants in need while ensuring landlords have access to justice in the most serious cases.”
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