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Ban on bailiff-enforced evictions extended yet again

The government has announced yet another ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector.

The existing ban was due to expire on February 21 but now this has been put back some six weeks until March 31.

Responding to the announcement of an extension, Ben Beadle - chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association - says: “[This] does nothing to help over 800,000 private renters who have built rent arrears since lockdown measures started last year. 

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“It means debts will continue to mount to the point where they have no hope of paying them off. It will lead eventually to them having to leave their home and face serious damage to their credit scores.

“The government needs to get a grip and do something about the debt crisis renters and landlords are now facing. A package of hardship loans and grants is needed as a matter of urgency. To expect landlords and tenants simply to muddle through without further support is a strategy that has passed its sell by date.”

 

 

Secretary Robert Jenrick says the move will ensure renters remain protected "during this difficult time". He adds that the ban on the enforcement of evictions by bailiffs would continue "in all but the most serious cases".

He states the government has already taken unprecedented action to support renters during the Covid pandemic, and that measures strike "the right balance between protecting tenants and enabling landlords to exercise their right to justice".

Polly Neate, chief executive of Shelter, says: “Thousands of renters who’ve been living in fear of the bailiffs’ knock at the door, have today been given a few more weeks in their home. This short extension to the bailiff ban may keep people safe for now, but it’s not an answer to the evictions crisis.

“Renters are still are being served with eviction notices every day, and our helpline is flooded with calls from those desperately worried about paying their rent."

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    Big landlord demonstration needed soon

    PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    No doubt led stalwartly, by the NRLA ;-))) lol

     
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    Just means bigger hole for the government to climb out of. When the bubble crashes, it'll be with a much bigger bang

  • John Cart

    Got a possession order last February, got a warrant last October. The Courts are delaying the matters by any means they can (ie, suddenly they can't send emails, it's got to be by post with paper documents). the Gov't are a bunch of CNUTS

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    I agree it was never a good idea to put housing citizens in the hands of the PRS, it should have been the job of the state to house its citizens, the PRS should only ever have been used for those in the process of buying or selling a home as a temporary stop gap, or students even then it should have been the job of Universities to supply homes for its students, those that for whatever reason need rented home for the long haul need security of tenure for life if they wish, & your right thats not the job of the PRS, so what we need is state built homes at affordable rents on compulsory purchased land at current use prices ( plus a bit a compensation ) and then landlords wont have this worry as they wont be needed hardly at all, problem solved

     
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    David, I think you are in the wrong country mate.

     
  • Daniela Provvedi

    Perhaps the government will realise once it notices all the CCJs raised?
    That's why it's imperative for us LL to raise CCJs against those tenants who don't pay their rent.

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    Good old Polly rearing her ugly head again. If she cares that much take a pay cut and use the money to actually house some one. How you have the bare faced cheek to make out your a champion of the homeless on a six figure salary is sick. Shelter the charity (Business) that houses nobody.

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    Indeed shelter are useless on all counts, in all their years they have not managed to make the lot for renters any more secure or got one single law changed, I dont think they are liked by renters and despised by Landlords

     
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    David, shelter, the charity?? pay their management six figure salaries and house no one.

     
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    We need to put up all rents asap and tell tenants it's to cover bad debts and costs due to government interference in protecting rogue tenants.

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    • 14 February 2021 10:28 AM

    Love it - Great thought.
    I am on the case right away.

     
    PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    Seriously though Robert, Landlords ( well the biggest of their Associations, are I'd say poor at Media , especially tenant relations publication - but infact, they don't target tenants at all..
    Just trying to campaign Gov or defend against tenants support groups isn't working.
    Landlords need to appeal to the 90% of Lawful tenants that will bear the brunt.

     
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    Its not the job of those that pay the rent to subsidise those that dont and those that cant

     
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    David I agree with you on that one, good honest, paying tenants should not be subsidizing the rogue bums that won't pay, those that genuine cannot are the responsibility of the local council.

     
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    A typical case of a govenment managing the symptoms rather than treating the disease. Start to treat the disease by making DWP housing payments direct to landlords by default with no option to pay the tenant.

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    Polly I think on £126k like predecessor who campaigned against us for years I understand Campell at that time moved on to another £156k +. Lia, no hope of LL's going marching they couldn't be bothered even to sign the petition. Daniela, I don't believe that will work either Government will ban LL's from applying for CCJ's. Can't put Rent up when we can't get current Rent and so much arrears in London. We are the real Homeless Charity but not recognized or granted status. Maybe we are inheriting the US system makes no difference what the evidence or facts are don't count.

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    I don't know how the government could stop anyone from applying for a CCJ, however until such time as they do it is very important that every landlord with a non paying tenant does go down the money claim online route , at present all my tenants are paying but of course that could change.

     
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    LL seriously needs to stop being so passive everytime more hammer blow egislation is brought in to slowly destroy our businesses and take away our rights on our OWN properties, it has gone beyond a joke.
    No other business has been less supported and so heavily legislated against in the last couple of years.
    This will probably bankrupt many landlords and force others out permanently...

    The government is hell-bent on SUPPOSEDLY supporting tenants while doing absolutely nothing but batter landlords. We all know that even with the support they get some tenants are genuinely struggling through little fault of their own but many LLs are helping them out already, most tenants in serious arrears are just working the system, they are scumbags.
    In the end, we all lose out because this idiocy will have to be paid for somewhere along the line.

    LLs need someone or some organization with balls to take action to stop the rot and inspire LLs to untie together.

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    Spot on John.

     
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    I suggest the state builds homes so you can all sell up

     
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    So why are the state not building homes David ? perhaps you need to be asking present and past governments why they have not been doing so.

     
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    To Andrew Townsend, The reason no government has built homes is 40 plus % of them are Landlords, no political party has dealt with landprices ( far too high) the reason why affordable homes to buy & rent cant be built as we did after WW1 & WW2 & considering governments can borrow at under 1.8% APR yes they should have been buying up existing homes & building new ones, also on new homes they have built only to be sold on at cost price & the deeds state no BTL, either sold to someone that wants a home as a home or sold back to the state, in a nut shell.

     
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    John, I would agree with the exception of last couple of years, its certainly more like 16+ years or going back to Labors 2 Jags John Prescott Deputy Premier left hook or upper cut, that brought in the 2004 Act that all this nonsense stemmed from introducing HMO's Licensing in 2006 taking Deposits away or nobbling them in July 2007, now 150 pieces of extra anti-LL legislation later we have this and not finished yet, March 3rd around the corner final nail. Yes many tenants are struggling for sure we have done plenty to help them, we are there knight in shinning Armour.

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    err no, if a renter is paying rent they are a customer that you should be grateful for, is a customer of Tesco supposed to be grateful that they let you shop their, think you have it the wrong way round.

     
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    David a good tenant that pays is a customer, and a good customer at that.

     
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    • 14 February 2021 11:33 AM

    They owe money.
    It was a legal contract.
    They must pay.
    After a year, it is no longer an exceptional environment.
    Just live with it and pay up.

  • Matthew Payne

    Inevitable and I dont see HMG had much choice based on where we are. But 800,000 tenants in arrears, 1.3m on the social housing waiting list, over 30,000 people with very serious mortgage arrears, all of which are steadily increasing. Chuck into the mix furlough ending and likely tax hikes. Haven't seen even a glimmer of a plan yet which is the more worrying element.

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    No surprise how big the Social Housing list is, every one wants to be on the Council, why did they make the System this way just to destroy the traditional Marriage unit, now single mothers order of the day supposedly and far better off than relying on a man income, guaranteed living, women that were married getting Divorced in big numbers to work this and the man or man is probably there anyway.

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    Yes maybe in some cases, but I believe the council housing list is large as you get more security of tenure & more affordable rents, but since many are run by housing associations you dont always get life long tenancies any more either, the UK housing is a mess be in rented or buying

     
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    David, I would not disagree with you on that one, but let's face it councils and housing assocs are hopeless.

     
  • Fredy Jones


    ​​​​​​​This is just making the backlog even worse, then breathing space starts in May

  • Fredy Jones

    Just means bigger hole for the government to climb out of. When the bubble crashes, it'll be with a much bigger bang



    They obviously going to keep extending the ban until May when breathing space starts which is going to be like a permanent eviction ban as long as someone is certified in a mental health crisis

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    "A package of hardship loans and grants is needed as a matter of urgency. To expect landlords and tenants simply to muddle through without further support is a strategy that has passed its sell by date.
    Ben Beadle - chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association"

    We have to accept risk. The income of our tenants has dropped and if the market cannot sustain our current rents we must adapt. Going to government with begging bowls is not the answer.

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    Not begging for anything, just a simple fact that those tenants who are not paying will be out on the streets at some point, and that will be the local council's problem.

     
  • PossessionFriendUK PossessionFriend

    The Review Hearings will be used for two purposes.
    1. To try to legally eliminate as many cases without a 't' crossed, and
    2. To try to mediate the others before a Hearing. ( First Possession mediation is taking place today. )

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    Mediation can only be for one purpose to whittle down what the LL's are owed, it cannot be for anything else they are not going to give him something, only then be allowed to go to Court for a further reduction.

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    Mr Edmunds, my friend you make a lot of points not all I agree with, affordable housing not a problem, if PRS didn't have to pay 40% on income from lettings, Councils don't pay tax, remove tax from PRS and Councils wont has a hope of competing with us not to mention all the other costs imposed on us, you say Gov' should house all its citizens then why would anyone buy a property although some have that idea already. Shelter you say never made a single Law could you rephrase that to virtually all Laws, while Sitting on Parliamentary Select Committee or not, like Deposit laws, Wear & Tear, How to Rent, 2015 De-Regulation Act shall I go on ?.

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    There is no shortage of housing just a shortage of people who would like to pay hence long Council waiting lists. Land prices too high agree but not down to us that's the big Developers Land Banking.
    Selling off Council at Cost agree but to the existing Benefit milker to get rid of him off the system, sadly main restriction was not to sell for 5 years, then they sold for up to £200k profit I seen that, then another family member gets a place of Council & they all go & live there. I agree its a big mess whether renting or buying but a far bigger mess when buying for 35 years like now and this budget set to keep this going to fill the pockets of High Rise big Developer.

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