Evictions ban to be extended for ANOTHER six weeks

Posted on Friday, January 8, 2021

Evictions ban to be extended for ANOTHER six weeks

Robert Jenrick says ban on bailiff evictions to be extended until February 21st and possibly beyond.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that the current ban on bailiff evictions, which was due to end on Monday, is to be extended for six weeks until February 21st.

“We are extending the ban on bailiff evictions – helping to protect the most vulnerable renters,” says housing secretary Robert Jenrick.

The announcement, which has been widely expected since Boris Johnson said the current ‘Christmas truce’ bailiff ban was under review in parliament on Wednesday, will not go down among landlords.

But the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) says it has secured some leeway form the government, in the form an exemption for landlords with arrears greater than six months, an improvement on the previous position of nine months’ rent arrears.

“The repossessions ban is a sticking plaster that will ultimately lead to more people losing their homes. It means tenants’ debts will continue to mount to the point where they have no hope of paying them off leading eventually to them having to leave their home,” says NRLA Chief Executive Ben Beadle (pictured).

“Instead, the Government should recognise the crisis facing many tenants and take immediate action to enable them to pay their debts as is happening in Scotland and Wales. The objective should be to sustain tenancies in the long term and not just the short term.”

Jenrick says: “At the start of this pandemic we made sure that the most vulnerable in society were protected.

“This winter, we are continuing in this vein and redoubling our efforts to help those most in need.”

Oli Sherlock of Goodlord adds: “The Government’s motives here are completely understandable and it’s vital we continue to support tenants during this latest phase of restrictions.

“Indeed, landlords and tenants have, on the whole, been working well together throughout the crisis to create payment plans and strategies that keep people in their homes.

“We are concerned, however, that a further extension to the ban without additional provisions for landlords and tenants is storing up even more trouble for the future.”