On 10 March 2021 the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick and the Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, made the announcement that there will be a further extension to the current residential eviction ban which was due to expire on 31 March 2021. The residential eviction ban will now run in England until 31 May 2021. Whilst the announcement is limited on the detail, it does suggest the existing exemptions to the residential eviction ban are to be retained.
In addition to extending the eviction ban the announcement also confirms notices in respect of possession proceedings will not now default back to their original pre-COVID notice periods at the end of March 2021, but instead the current notice periods in England are to continue in place until at least 31 May 2021.
Court arrangements and rules have also been extended to the end of July 2021, with the continuation of priority being given to serious cases. Landlords will also continue to be required to provide the courts with information on how the pandemic has impacted their tenants. Regarding claims which were issued before 3 August 2020, the service of a reactivation notice has been extended until 30 April 2021.
As at the time of writing this update the government has not laid any regulations to formalise the extension.
In justifying this further extension the government confirmed that it ensures renters remain protected and aligns "with its broader strategy for protecting public health and will continue to help reduce pressure on essential public services as we move out of lockdown".
Article contribution by Christopher McWiggan.