The Prime Minister has revealed that the eviction ban is ‘under review’ following a question to him in parliament by Labour leader Kier Starmer.

Boris Johnson’s comments were made in response to multiple challenges on his government’s handling of the pandemic, including a call to extend the evictions ban.

“Will he immediately extend the evictions ban which is due to run out in five days’ time now just as we’re going into this new phase,” he asked.

Starmer is referring to the ‘Christmas truce’ for bailiff evictions announced by housing secretary Robert Jenrick in September which ran from 11th December for a month.

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This is due to run out on January 11th but could now be extended until the current lockdown ends following the Prime Minister’s comments.

This means landlords would have to wait until mid-February at the earliest before being able to act on possessions already granted by the courts.

Disappointed

Landlords will be disappointed by Johnson’s latest evictions bombshell – many have been waiting for months to evict tenants who have withheld their rent and many now face another five months at least until re-possessions can proceed.

Alistair Cromwell (pictured), acting chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “Half a million private renters remain behind on their rent, with the majority falling behind during the pandemic restrictions.

“Unlike people who own their homes, private tenants have had no structured way to defer payments but instead have had to try to keep up with their rent and bills as best they can in a time of great uncertainty and hardship.”

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  1. The news comes as an apparent blow to housing experts who had hoped that a quick wave of repossessions across London would cause the price of properties to rocket sky high. London’s recovery is being held back by the recession in many ways, with less money being spent on repairs to let houses and fewer people able or wanting to buy new homes. It seems though that this may just be the right opportunity to bring forward new policies that could help to ease the housing crisis. A spokesperson for the mayor of London, Robert Davis, told the publication that there were no plans to move homes out of the capital during the festive period, although the timeframe could potentially be extended if a deal is struck. With homes remaining in situ a far longer period of time after Christmas, it also seems that buyers will have more bargaining power when it comes time to negotiate terms of purchase and sale with home owners. The mayor has made housing more priority than in previous years, and he has made it clear that he will not waver on his plan to eradicate the capital’s huge excess of cheap flats and houses that are for sale by owners. If the forecast is correct that Christmas will bring better deals in terms of letting homes and flats out to renters then the rental market will suffer a huge blow. The mayor’s stance on home repossession will encourage home owners to rent their homes and that may be enough to help mitigate the effects of the nationwide credit crunch. With homes still empty across London in some areas like Camden Town and Waltham Forest, renters may be happy to know that they have the opportunity to get their home back by renting it out during the festive period.

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