The Law Society England and Wales has welcomed the government’s decision to extend the ban on landlords evicting renters until 23 August.
The extension will run from 25 June, the end of the three-month period originally announced as part of emergency coronavirus legislation in March, which is likely to help renters that are suffering financial difficulty.
Simon Davis, president of the Law Society, commented: “Last week, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG), announced that it would be extending its stay on new evictions for a further two months until 23 August, bringing relief to millions of tenants.”
The move to extend the eviction ban is designed to protect tenants that could be facing financial hardship brought on by being furloughed or losing their job altogether.
Davis added: “The government first brought in these measures on 26 March 2020, for an initial period of three months, but has now extended for an additional two months, so vulnerable tenants can get the help they need, and courts can continue to make the necessary arrangements.”
Davis points out that the government has also committed to passing new court rules that will protect vulnerable tenants from eviction once the stay has been lifted.
He added: “When hearings recommence, it is vital that legal aid is available to tenants and that the safety of court users is ensured.”