A new Statutory Instrument has now been issued to formally extend the ‘eviction ban’ until 31 March 2021. This means most evictions by bailiffs cannot go ahead – see last week’s update for further information on the exceptions for the ban. According to the government guidance to landlords, bailiffs will not carry out an eviction in England or Wales if they are made aware that the tenant or anyone they live with has coronavirus, is self-isolating or has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable even if one of the exceptions to ban apply.
Tenants should make the court aware as soon as possible if this applies to them.Citation, commencement and application1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2021.(2) These Regulations come into force on 22nd February 2021.(3) These Regulations apply in relation to England only.
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Guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rented sectors to explain the possession action process in the county courts in England and Wales: