Tenant eviction ban extension

Published: 27/01/2021

Earlier this month the government extended the ban on the eviction of tenants in England until “at least“ 21 February. Eviction notices can still be issued and courts can still process cases but the bailiffs cannot enforce them until then except in a small number of specific circumstances. These include “substantial” rent arrears and anti-social behaviour.

The government introduced the eviction ban as an emergency measure when the pandemic started in the spring of 2020. Following a brief lifting of the ban on 20 September, it was re-introduced in November 2020 initially only until 11 January 2021.

It remains to be seen whether the government will extend the ban further if the current lockdown continues beyond February.