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Bailiff-enforced evictions suspended over Christmas season

It’s understood there will be a Christmas truce with tenants not enduring bailiff-enforced evictions between December 13 and January 10.

HM Courts and Tribunal has confirmed that this will follow the pattern of previous years.

In line with formal protocol the Lord Chancellor will inform the High Court Enforcement Officers’ Association - this association, in turn, will instruct its bailiff members not to enforce evictions during the truce period.

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An informal truce of this kind, typically lasting two weeks, has occurred in recent years but won extensive publicity last year, at the height of the pandemic, when the truce was effectively an extension of the long-running eviction ban.

The current decision applies only to England but the devolved administrations are expected to endorse similar truces, to be announced within the next week.

 

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    Obviously it is essential that we do not spoil Christmas for our poor tenant who, of course, has taken full advantage of the covid regulations and the snail’s pace at which the Courts are now moving. We are a retired couple who rely on this rental to supplement our state pensions. Our tenant has now made no rental payments for almost 12 months, whilst boasting on Facebook of his wealthy lifestyle. The Courts, which were previously just slow, have now become virtually non-existent and impossible to contact. A Section 8 notice is now into its fifth month of process, the hearing was “postponed” twice, a hearing eventually took place three weeks ago, but we still await the written confirmation. Office staff “working” from home is the excuse. The online portal was last updated two months ago. The law is as good as useless.

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    Not enough I am afraid! HM Courts and Tribunal also need to confirm that no firing squads will be permitted in the event of landlords and tenants playing football against each other over the same period.

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