The ongoing ban on bailiff evictions due to end on 21st February is to be extended for a further six weeks until 31st March, the government has announced today.

This confirms a government decision made on this ‘in principle’ last week as LandlordZONE reported, which has now been confirmed.

Once more bailiffs will be prevented from moving to evict tenants whose landlords have secured possession orders unless there is a legally accepted exemption.

The exemptions include where the landlord has a possession order granted under a ground covering substantial rent arrears, trespass, anti-social behaviour or domestic violence. It should also be noted the process to try to rely on an exemption is burdensome and requires an application to the court for an order that an exemption exists.

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Landlords are currently able to serve Section 21 and Section 8 notices and gain possession orders, once they have overcome the considerable process hoops they are required to jump through.

Robert Jenrick (pictured) MP says: “We have taken unprecedented action to support renters during the pandemic including introducing a six-month notice period and financial support to help those struggling to pay their rent.

“By extending the ban on the enforcement of evictions by bailiffs, in all but the most serious cases, we are ensuring renters remain protected during this difficult time.

“Our measures strike the right balance between protecting tenants and enabling landlords to exercise their right to justice.”

Get a grip

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“Today’s announcement does nothing to help over 800,000 private renters who have built rent arrears since lockdown measures started last year,” says Ben Beadle of the NRLA.

“It means debts will continue to mount to the point where they have no hope of paying them off. It will lead eventually to them having to leave their home and face serious damage to their credit scores.

“The Government needs to get a grip and do something about the debt crisis renters and landlords are now facing.

“A package of hardship loans and grants is needed as a matter of urgency. To expect landlords and tenants simply to muddle through without further support is a strategy that has passed its sell by date.”

No surprise

Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action (pictured) says: “This further extension comes as no surprise.

“We still do not know if lockdown is going to be extended, but I’ve been saying for the past few weeks that I can’t see evictions restarting until April or May. This is on top of the six months landlords must wait before serving a notice.

“Unfortunately, we aren’t seeing the exemption cases for extreme rental arrears being dealt with by the bailiffs. Rent arrears are racking up and landlords’ desperation continues.”

Evictions crisis

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Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter (pictured), says: “Thousands of renters who’ve been living in fear of the bailiffs’ knock at the door, have today been given a few more weeks in their home.

“This short extension to the bailiff ban may keep people safe for now, but it’s not an answer to the evictions crisis.

“Renters are still are being served with eviction notices every day, and our helpline is flooded with calls from those desperately worried about paying their rent.

“Before the ban is lifted, the government must give renters a real way out of debt. That means a lifeline of emergency grants to help pay off ‘Covid-arrears’ so people can avoid the terrifying risk of eviction altogether.”

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20 COMMENTS

  1. all I want right is burn my home
    FFFFFFFF almost one year and Tenants doesn’t want to pay me and threatening me that go to court and get bailiff
    voted for Boris and all i got Jo jo
    never gonna vote conservative idiots again and same for Labor they are also *******
    burning right now

  2. This article could do with a clarification. It seems to say the substantial arrears exception for evictions will not continue in para 3 and then in para 6 it suggests they will. Could a little edit make the real situation clear?

  3. It’s really inspiring how that lovely boy, Robert Jenrick is so concerned about the plight of renters.

    So let us re-phrase that famous saying from the Bible to now read ‘Greater love has no Politician than this, that he should lay down another’s livelihood for his own political advancement.’

    And because the private landlord has become the nation’s favourite bête noir, the slimy git Jenrick will be cheered to the rafters by his colleagues. And he obviously hopes that lots of young voters (sorry I meant ‘young people’) will see the Tory Party as worthy of their support in future.

  4. Meanwhile, out here in the real world: I have tenants drawing benefits that have not been impacted one iota by Covid who chose to take a rent holiday. The first has just this month absconded and abandoned the property leaving damage and debts. Seeking managed payments months ago from DWP fell on deaf ears.

    Then I have an NHS worker who awarded herself a discount on her rent, remarkably now maintaining her arrears at 5.7 months. I can see she has acquired three CCJ’s over the last 12 months so she’s clearly making a habit of claiming an “NHS discount”.

    About 20k of arrears on my books, around 60% with people who’s income has not been affected one jot. It is those people and only those people I would like to be able to evict. People furloughed, doing their best deserve our patience, forbearance etc – people simply taking advantage are a different story. Why not let the courts decide rather than a blanket ban? If I take someone to court who is taking the pi$$, evict. If I take someone to court who is doing their best in a bad situation give them time.

  5. Why are Landlords considered part of the welfare state?
    Its a business.
    Just because you are short of money doesn’t mean you can go into Asda and say I’ll pay for my shopping in 6 months. Oh, and by the way Asda, you cant do anything about it.
    Why are Landlords treated differently than any other business???
    For many Landlords it part of their income. for some, it will be the pension they are just managing on. Why on earth should the Government interfere in what is a legitimate business transaction. The answer is because the state doesn’t want to pay the cost of re-housing these tenants, so the burden is put on the Landlords. Its unfair and why I have sold all but one of my properties. The law has been far to skewed towards Tenants and now its just not a viable venture. Less homes will be available for tenants causing even more difficulties.

  6. Wow ! You know I am glad I don’t have any of my houses rented at present I have one flat that I have kept for Airbnb
    The other flat was damaged from the last tenancy period in 2020 that it has taken me 1 year and 2 months to fix
    I was just thinking of putting this flat back on the market when I received this news
    I am going to sit things out
    It’s unfortunate that the government is creating an artificial distortion in the private rental market
    I think these actions by politicians will severely impact our livelihoods and the homeless rate

  7. Is there no class action that Landlords can take against the government? These tenants will never vote Tory so they are abusing landlord who might for absolutely no gain. It is astounding that a private citizen is now deemed as part of the welfare state. The government giving itself the right to force them to supply free social housing at their own cost.

    • I think the Class Action will be more and more Landlords coming out of the market. This will reduce availability and increase rents. How is that good for tenants? Its just a shame that the Government and those Organisations supporting these ill-conceived one sided legislations cant see that in the long run it will have a negative impact on tenants trying to find a home.

  8. I have a possession order under section 21 ‘no fault’. Tenant won’t leave without bailiff’s. Anybody know anymore detail about the section 21 ‘no fault’ possession orders that may be enforceable by bailiffs as stated in paragraph 4 above – it states….. “These are supposed to only include extreme rent arrears, trespass, anti-social behaviour and victims of domestic violence but, due to inconsistent approach within the court system, also includes some Section 21 ‘no fault’ notice evictions.
    Thanks
    Dave

    • Part of the problem is that it is common practice for Shelter (etc) and the Council to advise the tenants to stay until the bailiffs arrive. Even to the point of telling them they cant assist them with re-housing unless they do so – even when the tenants accept they cannot pay and are prepared to leave.
      These Organisations/Councils/Government should be sued for the additional costs they create to the landlord. There is no justification to fleece landlords because the welfare state cannot manage to house those in need.

    • Dave, I am in a very similar place. I have a tenant who stopped paying rent ahead of covid, who has admitted to sub-letting the property.

      I have a warrant for possession approved but not actioned by the bailiffs; 13 months of unpaid rent, anti-social behaviour a CCJ against the tenant to recover the unpaid rent and court costs (all of which continue to build).

      I have written the the judge in Liverpool County Court given I have grounds to push the bailiff action through, but the judge has rejected it!!

      The whole legislative piece now is broken

    • Dave, I in similar situation
      i think there is no way as per my research and reading official guide.
      1 year unpaid rent and Tenants and can’t do anything
      This Government joke and Robert allowing on someone else money.
      Shameless

  9. I have been very fortunate so far that all my tenants have been able to pay and have done so honourably, but I feel massively sorry for those landlords getting shafted by their tenants and the Government, and it’s very much a case of there for the grace of God go I, or whatever the saying is. This is appalling treatment and victimisation of landlords by a so called Conservative government. Tenancy agreements are supposed to be two sided legally binding contracts which, at the outset, both sides commit to, and the courts ensure they do. In practice the courts only protect the tenants, and the Government is happy to ride roughshod over the human rights of landlords. I can sense huge anger amongst some contributors, quite understandably.

  10. Tory boy Jenrick,multi millionaire,is delusional if he thinks this sweeping statement is fair to tenants and Landlords.
    Show us the figures this is based on that is fair!!! is not baised to the tenant??? I bet it does not effect his portfolio.
    Shocking news really.
    Enjoy your accolades from your peers, while you can,
    they really can see you for what you are, and, what you are doing.

  11. Glad we offloaded our properties now when the state actively encourage non payment of rent, prevent removal of bad payers the lunatics have taken over. Wonder if they will have a similar policy for tax, vat and other state charges

  12. My single tenant who is under a Section 21 since February 2020 receives housing benefits which covers her rent which is, thank God, paid direct to me and she pays no council tax. I now have complete strangers living in the flat and paying no rent. They all smoke??
    I asked Croydon council for a single mature lady non smoker. I got an in-mature lady suffering mental issues which are controlled with drugs which I was not informed about. She has turned the flat into a club house for all and sundry. In the first month of the tenancy I realized I had made a terrible mistake. Yet the council have made no effort to ease the situation apart from twice asking me not to evict her!! I accept when dealing with certain types of tenants problems will and do arise but Covid has turned our options when things go wrong upside down. Will I sell up or re-rent? I am 79 and just suffered a heart attack, so I may well have passed to a greater life before I gain possession.

  13. landlords/landladys …how many o us will be able to carry on letting property
    we are screwed daily by tenants who wont pay rent not because they cant but they won’t a they know they cant be shifted for nearly 1 year
    Landlords are expected to provide free housing and bills
    soon those houses may be repossessed
    who is providing financial support to the landlord
    We’re treated disgracefully
    I currently have property empty there is no way i will let anytime soon why would i pay high agency fees
    tenanttmove in and then refuse to pay

    • Couldn’t agree more. Had two houses – one sold, other on the market – after having been let for 26 years without a problem. Not sure how easy it will be to sell; but it will stay empty rather than having any tenants, in the current circumstances.

  14. “Our measures strike the right balance”

    That’s all these people do; churn out complete garbage where the facts just do not support the rhetoric.

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