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Government extends support to stop business evictions in 2020

17 September 2020

Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, announced yesterday, 16 September, that all commercial tenants will be protected from the risk of eviction until the end of this year. Read More...

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Mayor of London calls for a two-year freeze on private rents

16 September 2020

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Further Government announcement on evictions 'offers no support for the sector'

Friday 11 September 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) stated on the evening of 10 September its intention to further protect tenants who cannot pay rent due to Coronavirus.

The changes

Evictions will not be enforced in local lockdown areas that "include a restriction on gathering in homes."

There will also be a ‘winter truce’ on the enforcement of evictions, with bailiffs instructed that they will not be permitted in England and Wales in what is described as 'the run-up to and over Christmas'. The exception to this is the most serious circumstances, such as cases involving anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse. Part of the reason given is that this is "a time when public and local authorities may be dealing with the usual level of increased demand for services".

The announcement

Propertymark's thoughts

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Over the past few weeks, the Government has drip-fed updates about evictions to the sector making it impossible for agents to respond and plan for the difficult months ahead. The UK Government is moving the goal posts, introducing measures that will be difficult for many to implement, including staying on top of rapidly changing local lockdowns.

Whilst it looks like there will no further delays on the resumption of possession hearings, agents have profound concerns about investment in housing and this announcement offers no further support for the sector.

The Government must now look at additional measures to provide direct finance to landlords and tenants to cover COVID related arrears and help boost confidence in the sector as we head into the winter.

Timothy Douglas

Timothy Douglas
Policy and Campaigns Manager