Lord Chancellor publishes new enforcement guidance amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

Lord Chancellor publishes new enforcement guidance amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland, has written a letter to the Chairman of the High Court Enforcement Officers Association (HCEOA), Andrew Wilson, regarding the new local coronavirus (COVID-19) alert level system in England. In his letter, the Lord Chancellor confirmed that HCEOs should order enforcement agents 'not to enter residential properties in areas that are classed as Local Alert Level 2 (high) or 3 (very high), for the purposes of enforcement including taking control of goods and carrying out evictions.' The Lord Chancellor also thanked the HCEOA for confirming that 100% of its members had supported his previous request not to carry out residential evictions 'in areas where local lockdown restrictions have placed restrictions on gatherings in residential properties and anywhere in England and Wales over the Christmas period from 11 December 2020 until 11 January 2021.' In addition, the Lord Chancellor stated that further information 'of the limited list of exemptions to the pause in evictions over the Christmas period' will be published soon.

The letter can be viewed here.

Source: HCEOA welcomes new enforcement guidance from MoJ as Lord Chancellor thanks members

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