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Evictions suspended during the new Covid-19 lockdown 06/11/2020 Labelled as Rent, Legislation, Tenants

The Government has announced that renters will be further protected from eviction during the new national lockdown.


The key measures in this latest announcement are that:


  • Evictions will not be enforced whilst national restrictions are in place, except for the most serious cases such as anti-social behaviour and fraud,
  • Taken with the previously announced "winter pause" on enforcement of evictions, this means that there will not be any bailiff activity until 11 January 2021 at the earliest except in the most serious circumstances,
  • The current six-month notice periods will remain in place until at least the end of March 2021, except for most serious cases.


Councils will still be able to action housing possession claims through the courts, but evictions will not be enforced except in the most serious circumstances such as cases of illegal occupation, anti-social behaviour, fraud, eviction of a perpetrator of domestic abuse in social housing and where a property is unoccupied following the death of a tenant. The Government also intends to introduce an exemption for extreme pre-COVID rent arrears and will provide more details on this in due course.


The Government has updated their COVID renting guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the private and social rented sectors in the context of the new national restrictions details of which are available on the Government website.

Court user guidance to support landlords and tenants in the social and private rented sectors understand the possession action process and new rules within the court system in England and Wales is also available on the Government website.  

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