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Christmas eviction ban confirmed 24/09/2020 Labelled as Legislation, Tenants

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 county courts.


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 at so that we may lobby MHCLG for any necessary changes.

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