On 14 February 2021, the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, published a press release announcing extended support for renters during the pandemic.
The measures that currently protect residential tenants from eviction in England, subject to certain exemptions, will continue until 31 March 2021. Renters will continue to be supported during the ongoing national lockdown restrictions, with an extension to the ban on bailiff evictions.
The Current Regulations prevent attendance at a house in England for the purpose of executing a writ or warrant of possession or delivering a notice of eviction, subject to certain exemptions. The exemptions mean that residential evictions can still be carried out where, for example, on the grounds of anti-social behaviour, nuisance, domestic violence, or rent arrears where there is at least six months’ rent outstanding.
The announcement indicates that new regulations will be made to continue the restrictions contained in the Current Regulations until 31 March 2021, and that the exemptions will remain the same. These measures will be kept under review in line with public health advice.
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The Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/15) (Current Regulations) came into force on 11 January 2021 and are due to expire on 21 February 2021.