Ministers have been under extreme pressure in recent weeks to give renters more protection from eviction despite light at the end of the tunnel for an end to restrictions.
The government has once more extended the bailiff evictions, this time until May 31st, a two month extension to the existing arrangements that were due to expire on March 31st.
As well as an extension to the bailiff ban, landlords and letting agents will also still have to give six months’ notice of their intention to evict. This means tenants some tenants who are served with notices of eviction late in May won’t face physical eviction until at least November.
But the National Residential Landlords Association has criticised the announcement saying it makes no provision to help either tenants or landlords hanging on by their finger nail financially after 12 months of Covid.