Friday, 8 January 2021

COVID-19: Ban on Residential Evictions Extended

 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.

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