The government has extended the evictions ban by two months until at least 31st May, the housing ministry has revealed.

The ban is an extension of the stay on bailiff eviction that has been repeated several times during the Covid pandemic and was due to expire on March 31st.

Also, as well as the bailiff evictions ban, landlords will still have to give tenants six months’ notice of their intention to evict as they do now, but also until May 31st.

This means in effect, a landlord who gives notice of eviction on 31st May will not be able to physically evict the tenant until November.

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Two month wait

But the bailiff eviction extension is potentially the most disappointing news for the thousands of landlords waiting to evict tenants and who already have warrants lined up, who must now wait a further two months to evict.

As before, there will still be circumstances under which tenants can be evicted (see full list at bottom) including anti-social behaviour, domestic violence, trespass and extreme rent arrears.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick (pictured) says: “It is right that as we move through the roadmap, we ensure that renters continue to be supported.

“We have taken unprecedented action to support both commercial and residential tenants throughout the pandemic – with a £280 billion economic package to keep businesses running and people in jobs and able to meet their outgoings, such as rent.

“These measures build on the government’s action to provide financial support as restrictions are lifted over the coming months – extending the furlough scheme, business rates holiday and the Universal Credit uplift.”

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Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association: “We welcome clarification that emergency measures in the rental market will be phased out in tandem with the overall roadmap out of lockdown restrictions,” he says.

“That said, the 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.

Paul Shamplina, Landlord Action: “Nothing surprises us anymore when it comes to further extensions – but there are some urgent practicalities that need sorting out,” he says.

“Judges who oversee possession hearings must pre-approve exemption orders so that the most pressing cases can proceed once the bailiff ban is over. Otherwise, landlords face significant extra time delays and cost when they have to re-apply for exemptions at a later date.

“We are asking all our advocates to ask leave for exemptions at the substantive hearing so avoid this.”

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Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter: “These extensions will come as a relief to the frightened renters who’ve been flooding our helpline with calls. While the threat level from the virus is still high, it’s right that renters can stay safe in their homes,” she says.

“But as we follow the roadmap out of lockdown, the destination for renters remains unknown. The pandemic has repeatedly exposed just how broken private renting is, leaving many people hanging onto their homes by a thread. And, although the ban and longer notice periods are keeping renters safe for now, they won’t last forever.”

Exemptions list

  • Anti-social behaviour (4 weeks’ notice)
  • False statements provided by the tenant (2 to 4 weeks’ notice)
  • Over 6 months’ accumulated rent arrears (4 weeks’ notice)
  • Breach of immigration rules under the ‘Right to Rent’ policy (3 months’ notice)

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14 COMMENTS

  1. It so wonderful how lovely boy Robert Jenrick cares so deeply about tenants. That reminds me, I must tell everyone I know to send all their money to some charities of my choice – it’ll save me from having to send any of my own.

  2. In what world does shelter live, “the destination for renters remains unknown ” . No its not , good tenants that pay their rent and look after the property they live in won’t have any difficulties.
    However , the tenants that have used the current situation and governments undermining of the law to enable tenants to effectively live free at their landlords expense will eventually find themselves removed from the houses they’ve squatted in.

    In future rents will be higher, and the checks made on potential tenants will be far stricter than any time before.

    We’ll done Polly let’s see Shelter directly supporting the homeless, might be more difficult than contributing nothing whilst telling the PRS where its going wrong though

  3. “…the destination for renters remains unknown.” Does Ms Neate really not know the destination for renters? For renters who have taken advantage of the eviction ban their destination is a county court judgment for arrears and homelessness. For renters who have paid their rent, or made the best efforts to do so, they’ll remain in their homes, have no ccj and can move to a cheaper property if that’s the best option.

  4. Again…Someone take his finger of that button, please.

    A quote says it all,
    “I’ve learned that when you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing”

  5. “although the ban and longer notice periods are keeping renters safe for now, they won’t last forever.” No Polly, they won’t; because most individuals can’t actually afford to gift other people a home they can’t then be asked to leave in perpetuity. Any more than you could do that yourself, one suspects.

    This is why my house remained empty when the tenants moved out 2 or 3 months ago; and will carry on remaining empty until I have some means of ensuring once more that I can a) get some rent, and b) can get people out of it again if needs be. It could of course be a home for someone now, if only there were some recognition that agreements have to work two ways, and that individuals such as myself are not the state’s provider of free housing – something even the state itself doesn’t provide, in fact.

    • Jazz, leading by example from the Minister himself, you should keep it as a second home rather than helping to house a family.

      I can’t wait for my tenant to leave and never to put the house for rent again unless the Government guarantees the ability of all landlords to regain possession of their properties swiftly and promptly.

      • Well it’s actually up for sale, Saad, now. It’s not in the right place for a second home; but it won’t be anyone else’s home while the expectation continues to be to provide a home for someone, and to have no say or rights virtually at all over that property once they are in.

    • Yes, right – there is going to be severe homelessnes- shelter and housing depts don’t seem to realise this. Landlords could do with some of the Govt’s £280 billion support

  6. This is just another scam by the private politicians . Most landlords will definitely have to look into landlords insurance. Must read the fine print also !! . 1 thing i dont get is if someone lost his job then they should have to claim universal credit to claim housing benefits. And people on furlough get 80%. So wheres the excuse?? . 6 months rent areas is far to long and i personally wouldn’t stand for it. Landlords are not your mother’s or farthers that has a responsibility in looking after free loaders tramps. The old school ways was the best couple of baseball bats did the trick. My advice is for investors is start looking aboard. Uk is finished in my opinion.

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