On the 8th Jan 2021, Housing Minister Robert Jenrick announced that the ban on bailiff evictions has been extended for 6 weeks, and is now due to end on 21st Feb 2021.

In his announcement he said:

“We are extending the ban on bailiff evictions – helping to protect the most vulnerable renters.”

There are some circumstances to which exemptions apply.

Exemptions to the evictions ban

  • Where there are rent arrears of over six months (prior to the announcement, this was nine months)
  • Situations regarding trespasses
  • Cases where a tenant has died
  • Unoccupied properties
  • Antisocial behaviour

Putting a bailiff eviction in to place isn’t a simple process and requires a court application for a judge to be satisfied that exemption criteria as mentioned above has been met.

However, courts are currently experiencing lengthy backlogs which are causing delays to proceedings.

The judiciary are currently prioritising the most serious cases, giving priority to cases which involve claims issued before the ban introduction on 26th March 2020, anti-social behaviour, extreme rent arrears, domestic abuse, fraud and deception, illegal occupation, squatters and abandoned properties, and historic cases where no rent ha been paid for a year or more.

Notice periods

The requirements for landlords to give tenants six months of notice, is set to be in place until at least the 31st March 2021 although there are exceptions to this.

In recognition of the fact that the following scenarios cause stress and upset to local communities, neighbours and landlords, notice periods which relate to anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse, riot and fraud will be reverting back to what they were before the introduction of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

For rent arrears, landlords will be required to give four weeks of notice to tenants who have six months or more of rent arrears, where the amount of arrears owed is less than six months, landlords will still have to give six months’ notice.

It’s currently a difficult time for everyone, and we know that some landlords are struggling to keep up with legislation to ensure they’re doing the best they can by their tenants, and themselves. Drop us a message on live chat, or give us a call on 020 8740 6622 and a member of our team will be happy to have a chat about how we can help.