Government announces protection for renters during “Lockdown 2”

The Government has announced on 5 November that renters will be afforded additional protection during the second national lockdown in England.

Details about the restrictions include the following:

  • Evictions will not be enforced whilst national restrictions are in place
  • Evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs until 11 January 2021 at the earliest, except for the most egregious cases such as anti-social behaviour
  • Six month notice periods will still be in place until at least the end of March 2021, except for most serious cases

Details of the full press release can be accessed here: press release

Non-statutory guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the private and social rented sectors in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has also been published, and can be accessed here: Renters’ Guidance

Court guidance on the possession action process has also been released, and can be accessed here: Court guidance