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Possession orders: no enforcement against residential tenants extended until 31 May 2021

The previous ban on enforcement that was due to end on 31 March 2021 has been extended further to 31 May 2021.

The ban on bailiff activity was due to end on 31 March 2021. However, in accordance with the lockdown measures, the Government has announced that the ban on evictions in England will be extended further until 31 May 2021 to protect residential tenants.

The only exceptions to this ban are in the most serious of circumstances. The exceptions are outlined in the statutory instrument which came into force on 17 November 2020 and detailed below as follows:

  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Illegal occupation
  • Death of tenant where the property is unoccupied
  • Fraud
  • Perpetrators of domestic abuse in social housing
  • Extreme rent arrears equivalent to six-months’ rent

The requirement for landlords to provide six-month notice periods to tenants before they evict will also be extended until at least 31 May. This enables residents to have time to find alternative accommodation/support as we move through the roadmap out of lockdown.

Housing Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, said: “It is right that as we move through the roadmap, we ensure that businesses and renters continue to be supported.

For further information, read the recent press release: Further support for commercial and residential tenants