Section: Security of Tenure

Ban on bailiff enforced evictions extended

Posted 08.01.21
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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 for at least 6 weeks - until at least 21 February - with measures kept under review.

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.

A new mediation pilot will further support landlords and renters who face court procedures and potential eviction from February. It will offer mediation as part of the possession process to try and help landlords and tenants to reach a mutual agreement and keep people in their homes.

Helping to resolve disputes through mediation will?enable courts to prioritise urgent cases, supporting landlords and tenants to resolve issues quickly without the need for a formal hearing.

The mediation pilot will work within the existing court arrangements in England and Wales.

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