The ban on enforcing possession orders, due to expire on 11 January, has been extended until 21 February 2021.
There has been a significant change however to the substantial rent arrears exception.
“Substantial rent arrears” now means at least an amount equivalent to 6 months’ rent, down from the previous 9 months.
Furthermore, it now appears the arrears will be counted no matter when they were incurred, even if they were incurred after 23 March 2020.
So tenants who have built up 6 months of arrears because of the pandemic are now at risk of eviction.