Following the Housing Secretary's announcement of the extension of the eviction
ban and the letter to local authorities on 7 September,
the Housing Ministry issued a press release confirming that any
Eviction Orders granted will not be enforced during any local
lockdowns and that there will be a "truce" on enforcement of
Eviction Orders by bailiffs over the Christmas period.
In an answer to a written parliamentary
question from Sarah Olney, Liberal Democrat MP for
Richmond Park, Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has now
confirmed the dates for the Christmas truce on evictions in both
the public and private sectors saying that bailiffs will be told
not to enforce possession orders in England between 11 December and
11 January 2021.
The Housing Minister also confirmed that the guidance being
issued to bailiffs will also instruct them not to enforce
possession orders in places where local public restrictions have
been introduced by the government through legislation.
Following the Government's decision to extend the eviction ban
to 20 September and thereafter require 6 month notice in most
cases, the Housing Ministry published detailedguidance
for landlords and tenants in the social and private
rented sectors to explain the possession action process in the
ARCH was represented on a cross-sector working group chaired by
Mr Justice Knowles which has informed the publication by the
judiciary of guidance on prioritisation of possession
cases which the Master of the Rolls has asked judges to
have regard to when listing possession cases in the county court.
This is accompanied by a document on the Overall Arrangements which
sets out a summary of the areas of the process which the working
group has considered.
The publication of these documents was accompanied by a
statement on the resumption of possession proceedings from the
Master of the Rolls.
ARCH would be interested to hear from any ARCH member councils
if they experience any major issues in applying this guidance
and/or if issues arise over the coming months, please let me know
so that we may lobby MHCLG for any necessary changes.