Coronavirus Update for Residential Landlords – February 2021
It will come as no surprise to Residential Landlords that regulations relating to the removal of tenants have been extended again.
The ban on enforcing Warrants of Possession [carried out by Court bailiffs after a tenant has ignored a Possession Order] was in place to 21 February 2021 and has been further extended to 31 March 2021.
Evictions can still go ahead if a Court is satisfied that the Notice, Writ or Warrant relates to a Possession Order made:
- Against trespassers to which CPR 55.6 applies; i.e. the stereotypical squatter where the proceedings have been issued against “persons unknown” as their actual identity is not established.
- Wholly or partly on the grounds of anti-social behaviour, nuisance, domestic violence or false statements.
- On the death of the tenant where the person attending is satisfied that the dwelling house is unoccupied.
- Where the rent arrears exceed 6 months
When applying for the Bailiffs Warrant under one of the above exceptions, you still have to provide the Bailiffs with as much information as you can about any COVID implications.
This reflects the law at the date of publication and is written as a general guide. It does not contain definitive legal advice, which should be sought as appropriate in relation to a particular matter.
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