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Eviction Ban given yet another extension by government

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31.

At that point the ban will taper off. No details have been given as to how this ‘taper’ will take effect, with a government statement merely saying: “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 requirement for landlords to provide six-month notice periods to tenants before they evict will also be extended until “at least 31 May” says Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick.


There’s been a swift reaction from Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association: “he further extension to the repossessions ban will do nothing to help those landlords and tenants financially hit due to the pandemic. 

“Given the cross-sector consensus for the need to address the rent debt crisis, it suggests the government are unwilling to listen to the voices of those most affected.

“If the Chancellor wants to avoid causing a homelessness crisis, he must develop an urgent financial package including interest free, government guaranteed loans to help tenants in arrears to pay off rent debts built since March 2020.  

“This is vital for those who do not qualify for benefit support. Without this, more tenants face losing their homes, and many will carry damaged credit scores, making it more difficult to rent in the future and causing huge pressure on local authorities when they can least manage it.”

The announcement today means that until the 31st May private landlords will need to continue to give tenants six months’ notice before they can repossess properties, except in the following circumstances:

- Anti-social behaviour (four weeks’ notice)

- False statements provided by the tenant (two to four weeks’ notice)

- Over 6 months’ accumulated rent arrears (four weeks’ notice)

- Breach of immigration rules under the ‘Right to Rent’ policy (three months’ notice).

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    • 10 March 2021 16:09 PM

    Who is going to pay for all of this non payment?


    Future tenants will be paying increased rents to cover the non payers

    PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    The answer David, - is Landlords. In fact, it will be any Creditor for most debts.
    The Debt Respite scheme comes in on 2nd of May and Deb tors ( including tenants ) will be able to go to a Debt Advisor who will look for a 'debt solution' during a 2 month Breathing Space, where any action is frozen.

    Solutions open to resolving a debtors arrears, are IVA, DRO or bankruptcy. Most cases will see a 75% or Total elimination of the debt.

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    Sickening but entirely predictable. I have a N5B that has been in the court for one whole year now without sight of any possession date. I complained in January and was told the judge would be considering it on the 6 Jan. Two months later, nothing! In my case the tenant is desperate to be evicted and has often asked me to ‘hurry it along’. She’s tearing her hair out with frustration as much as I am, yet still we get shafted further by these morons.

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    Sorry James but the Court knows what is going on she wants to be on the Council like hundreds of thousands of others on there already and if she gets Court Order straight to Civic Center to get Housed.
    The real reason the Council and others want rid of Section 21 but pretend its is the LL to blame.

  • George Dawes

    This government are a disgrace , then again politicians aren't there to help us , they're there to help themselves

    PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    Yes, the Govt are a disgrace. But Landlords have no will to support legal action against them ( nor have the Landlord Association )

  • James B

    This will drag out much longer .. even when an eviction ban is ever lifted it will have that many spanners in the works until they ban s21s .. I feel for landlords with defaulters taking advantage of this.
    All deliberate as council can’t house these rouge tenants and don’t want them either

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    Landlords who have rogue non paying tenants at present have a problem, but at some point they will be rid of their bad tenants, the rest of us need to be very careful that we don't get these rogue tenants, careful checking of all new applicants and guarantors are now a must

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    Well it is all expected form from the elected scoundrels who as said earlier are there to simply help themselves and brag that they were "elected", What a bloody waste of public money buy these wasters! The councils simply employ far too many unemployables and the central govt. manipulate the councils and the judiciary to minimise their NOT focussed on how to dispense a problem fairly!
    AND to cap it the courts work to largely benefit the legal eagles, after getting largely into the pockets of their paying clients??

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    all bets are off ?..


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