UPDATED: Government extends evictions ban until 31 May 2021

10 March 2021

The Government has extended the evictions ban and six-month notice periods in England until 31 May 2021.

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The evictions ban in England, as well the requirement for landlords to provide 6-month notice periods to tenants, has been extended until 31 May 2021. Exceptions remain in place for the most "egregious cases", including illegal occupation, anti-social behaviour and arrears of six months’ rent or more.  The ban on commercial evictions has also been extended, to 30 June 2021.

The ban on evictions "aligns with the broader strategy for protecting public health and will continue to help reduce pressure on essential public services as we start to move out of lockdown," said the government's announcement. "The government will consider the best approach to move away from emergency protections from the beginning of June, taking into account public health advice and the wider roadmap."

The announcement noted that around 49% of hospitality workers and 36% of retail workers are currently renting and "the new measures will protect jobs as businesses reopen and many more renters can return to work."

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said "it is right that as we move through the roadmap, we ensure that businesses and renters continue to be supported. We have taken unprecedented action to support both commercial and residential tenants throughout the pandemic – with a £280 billion economic package to keep businesses running and people in jobs and able to meet their outgoings, such as rent."

These measures, continued Jenrick, "build on the government’s action to provide financial support as restrictions are lifted over the coming months – extending the furlough scheme, business rates holiday and the Universal Credit uplift."

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