Eviction Ban Extension- Residential Property
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has today (01/08/2021) announced a further ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for privately rented property in England and Wales.
The extension is intended to last until 21 February 2021 ‘at least’. The ban will be reviewed at that date.
It will still be possible to enforce possession orders if any tenant is in arrears of more than six months, irrespective of when the arrears accrued.
There are exceptions to the ban in cases of domestic violence and anti-social behaviour where bailiff-enforced evictions can still take place.
In a further announcement impacting landlords and investors with claims a statement from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has confirmed that mediation is likely to be adopted shortly, not least to reduce the number and volumes of claims and to delay their issuance:
“A new mediation pilot will further support landlords and renters who face court procedures and potential eviction from next month (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.”
If you are a landlord facing a problem we have an experienced team acting for landlords, investors, and letting agents in disputes across the country. If you would like to discuss your circumstances don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.
We will continue to provide updates as the position develops.
Team at Helix Law