The current ban on bailiff evictions, which was due to end on Monday, is to be extended for six weeks until February 21st.
Extending the ban on bailiff evictions – helps to protect the most vulnerable renters.
The announcement, which has been widely expected since Boris Johnson said the current ‘Christmas truce’ bailiff ban was under review in parliament on Wednesday, will not go down among landlords.
But the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) says it has secured some leeway form the government, in the form an exemption for landlords with arrears greater than six months, an improvement on the previous position of nine months’ rent arrears.
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.
At the start of this pandemic we made sure that the most vulnerable in society were protected.