Bailiffs have agreed to a government request not to enforce court orders against tenants in Tier 2 and Tier 3 locations.
This means evictions can still proceed through the courts, but bailiffs will not enforce court orders in areas such as Greater Manchester, Merseyside, London, Wales and much of the north east of England.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has written to bailiffs’ trade associations requesting they do not carry out physical evictions in those areas with the strictest Coronavirus controls.
He wrote: “We would request that your members should instruct the enforcement agents working under their authorisation not to enter properties that are classified as local alert level 2 (high) or 3 (very high)."
Buckland describes the situation as “changing rapidly” and under continual review.
The High Court Enforcement Officers Association has agreed to the request, which means that in effect tenants in Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas will not be evicted until at least January 12.
This is because the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has already announced a suspension of evictions across England and Wales over the Christmas period between 11 December and 11 January.