Landlords in England face further delays in evicting tenants, following an extension of the current ban on bailiff enforcement until 31 May 2021.

In a statement on the way forward, the government said it, “will consider the best approach to move away from emergency protections from the beginning of June, taking into account public health advice and the wider roadmap.”

The requirement for landlords to give six months’ notice, in most cases, should they wish a tenant to vacate a property, has also been extended until 31 May.

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The news has brought reactions on both sides of the debate. Ben Beadle, chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association said: “The further extension to the repossessions ban will do nothing to help those landlords and tenants financially hit due to the pandemic.”

He added: “If the Chancellor wants to avoid causing a homelessness crisis, he must develop an urgent financial package including interest free, government guaranteed loans to help tenants in arrears to pay off rent debts built up since March 2020.”

The tenants’ rights organisation, Generation Rent, also called for additional measures. Director, Baroness Alicia Kennedy said: “It is right that the bailiff eviction ban is being extended once again. It would be dangerous to allow people to be made homeless when coronavirus restrictions are still in place.

However, she added: “We need a Covid Rent Debt Fund to help renters who have been affected by the pandemic and left with debts they’re unable to pay.”

The six months’ notice period applies to all evictions, apart from cases of anti-social behaviour, false statements provided by the tenant, more than six months’ accumulated rent arrears and breaches of immigration rules, for which notice periods vary.

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