Evictions will not be enforced until January 2021, as government increases lockdown protection for tenants

    6 November 2020

    Evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs until at least 11 January 2021 at the earliest, except for the "most egregious cases" but the courts will remain open during this time.

    The situation with Covid-19 is rapidly changing and this article will continue to be updated throughout. For the latest guidelines, please refer to gov.uk.

    Evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs until 11 January 2021 at the earliest, “except for the most egregious cases such as anti-social behaviour”, and six-month notice periods will remain in place until at least 31 March 2021, the government has confirmed. Before the second national lockdown began, it had previously been announced that evictions would not be enforced by bailiffs in areas under Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions.

    However, courts will remain open throughout the lockdown and the court rules and procedures introduced in September will apply. The government’s announcement notes that there will continue to be a “strict prioritisation of cases, such as those involving anti-social behaviour and other crimes”.

    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.”

    This article is intended as a guide only. For more information, see gov.uk.

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