Government extends suspension of social and private eviction amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government extends suspension of social and private eviction amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The government has extended the suspension of evictions from social or private rented accommodation by two months in England and Wales until 23 August 2020 during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Ministers are also working alongside the judiciary and legal representatives to ensure that courts in England and Wales are ‘better able to address the need for appropriate protection of all parties, including those shielding from coronavirus’.

According to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick: ‘We have provided an unprecedented package of support for renters during this pandemic. Today, I am announcing that the government’s ban on evictions will be extended for another two months. That takes the moratorium on evictions to a total of five months.

Eviction hearings will not be heard in courts until the end of August [2020] and no-one will be evicted from their home this summer due to coronavirus.

We are also working with the judiciary on proposals to ensure that when evictions proceedings do recommence, arrangements, including rules, are in place to assist the court in giving appropriate protections for those who have been particularly affected by coronavirus—including those tenants who have been shielding.’

Source: Ban on evictions extended by 2 months to further protect renters

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