In November the truce on eviction was extended and bailiffs in England and Wales were told they should not enforce any possession orders over the Christmas period, between 11th December and 11th January.
It was also requested by the justice secretary that bailiffs do not enter any properties in areas of England classified as 2 (high) or 3 (very high) under the new Covid-19 alert ‘tier’ system.
This has been agreed to by members of the High Court Enforcement Officers Association.
As it currently stands, while bailiffs may not be able to execute evictions, the courts are open for possession hearings so, if you need to evict your tenant for any valid reason, you can begin the process. A six month notice period is still in place until at least the end of March 2021, except for the most serious of cases. Cases involving anti-social behaviour and rent arrears deemed extreme will be prioritised.
If you submitted a case before 3 August this will need to be reactivated, with a review hearing before they can be considered and you must provide information on how your tenants have been affected by the pandemic.
If you have any questions about how to deal with non-paying or problems with your tenants, contact our property management team who will be able to help.