Letting agents will not be able to instruct bailiffs to complete evictions between 11th December 2020 and 11th January next year, the government has confirmed.
The ‘Christmas truce’ on bailiff evictions in England was announced last week but the dates have only now been confirmed.
The announcement was made by housing minister Chris Pincher (pictured) in a characteristically low-key manner, tacked the announcement onto the end of a written answer to a question by Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Olney.
She had wanted to know if tenants under threat of eviction but not covered by the six-month notice period extension for evictions to six months would receive support.
This minister said its current support package for financially struggling tenants was enough, and then revealed the Christmas truce dates.
“In addition, guidance will also be issued to bailiffs highlighting that they should not enforce possession orders in places where local public health restrictions have been introduced by government through legislation,” he said, confirming the government’s previously stated plans.
At the moment, this covers large areas of the UK where existing local restrictions exist including in parts of Leicester, Bolton, Greater Manchester and the North East, North West, West Midlands and West Yorkshire.
More local lockdowns are expected as the government attempts to keep a lid on the rising ‘second wave’ of Covid infections in England.