13:50 PM, 8th January 2021, About A year ago 9
The Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has announced renters will continue to be supported during the new national restrictions, with an extension to the ban on bailiff evictions for all but the most egregious cases until at least 21 February with measures kept under review.
Communities Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “We are also extending the ban on bailiff evictions helping to protect the most vulnerable renters.”
Court rules and procedures introduced in September to support both tenants and landlords will remain in place and regularly reviewed. The courts will continue to prioritise cases, such as those involving anti-social behaviour, illegal occupation and perpetrators of domestic abuse in the social sector.
Landlords continue to be required to give 6-month notice periods to tenants until at least 31 March except in the most serious circumstances.
Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association said: “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.
“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.”
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