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Eviction ban in England extended until mid-February

Eviction ban in England extended until mid-February

Renters in England will be protected by an extension to the ban on most bailiff evictions until 21 February 2021.

The move means that eviction notices – which were set to begin again on Monday 11 January – will not be issued during the latest coronavirus lockdown. The subject will be reviewed and the ban could be extended again in future.

The Government says there will be exceptions in the "most egregious" cases – for example, where there are severe anti-social behaviour issues.

Landlords continue to be required to give six-month notice periods to tenants before evicting them until at least 31 March 2021, except in the most serious circumstances.

The rules will apply in England, but Scotland introduced similar measures earlier this week, banning eviction orders until 31 March 2021. The Welsh Government will also ban evictions until 31 March 2021. In Northern Ireland, landlords need to give 12 weeks' notice before eviction.

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