A ban on bailiff enforced evictions has been extended in England until the end of March, the Government has announced.
A ban on eviction notices had been due to end later this month, however, has been extended for 6 weeks to protect renters “during this difficult time”, according to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.
Exemptions to the ban remain in place for the most serious circumstances, such as illegal occupation, arrears of at least 6 months’ rent or anti-social behaviour.
The evictions ban has been in place since the start of the pandemic as part of measures to support renters facing negative economic impacts as a result of Coronavirus restrictions.
Announcing the extension, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said;
“We have 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.
“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.
“Our measures strike the right balance between protecting tenants and enabling landlords to exercise their right to justice”.
Labour has called on the Government to extend the ban for the period in which Coronavirus restrictions remain in place.