The coronavirus eviction ban for renters has been extended for two months, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced 5th June 2020, after calls from campaigners to suspend evictions and rents completely for tenants affected by the Covid 19 pandemic.
Under the new rules, landlords will be barred until August 23 from starting eviction proceedings against tenants who have fallen into arrears.
Mr Jenrick tweeted: “We are suspending evictions from social and private rented accommodation by a further two months. Eviction hearings will not be heard in courts until the end of August and no one will be evicted from their home this summer due to coronavirus.”
The Government have also created a taskforce to ensure vulnerable renters are protected once the eviction ban is lifted.
Mr Jenrick said: “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 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.”
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland, said: “Protecting vulnerable people has been our priority throughout this pandemic. Extending this ban will give people invaluable security in these turbulent times and work continues at pace to ensure vulnerable renters remain protected long after the ban ends.”
In the first weeks of lockdown, the Coronavirus Act 2020 extended the period before landlords were able to start the legal process to evict tenants from two months to three, leading to fears of mass evictions as the June 25 deadline approached.
Tenants who were financially impacted by coronavirus lockdown were also encouraged to agree rent reductions or holidays with their landlords along with repayment plans. However, renters looking beyond lockdown remain worried about falling into debt, struggling to repay any missed rent and potentially being evicted at a later date.
Amina Gichinga from London Renters Union said: “Unless it takes action to cancel the debt that hundreds of thousands of renters are in because of the Coronavirus pandemic, today’s announcement simply kicks the can down the road.
“We’re still heading for a chaotic rent debt and eviction crisis this summer unless the government cancels rent debt and makes the eviction ban permanent.”
Green Party London Assembly Member Sian Berry called on Sadiq Khan to cancel rent arrears built up by tenants unable to pay because of coronavirus. She said: “Government should provide support for small landlords who are in need due to lost income, in the same way it has for other small businesses.”
Earlier this week the Government extended the mortgage holiday until the end of October 2020 and banned lender repossessions during this time. More than a million payment holidays have been approved by UK banks since the policy was introduced on March