Bailiff evictions halted in Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas, government confirms

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » Bailiff evictions halted in Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas, government confirms previous nextRegulation & LawBailiff evictions halted in Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas, government confirmsMinistry of Justice has written to bailiff organisation to request that evictions are halted in top two risk areas until pandemic subsides.Nigel Lewis26th October 202002,205 Views Bailiff evictions are to be halted in Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas, the government has confirmed, after initially warning this might happen in guidance issued last month.Consequently, within these areas landlords and letting agents now face an even longer wait to evict tenants, even when they are often in arrears from before the pandemic started.Guidance issued to the key bailiff organisations by the Ministry of Justice requests that members should instruct the enforcement agents working under their authorisation not to enter residential properties in the two top tiers for purposes of enforcement, “including taking control of goods and carrying out evictions”, it says.Some courts also appear to be following suit and at least two county courts (Barnet and Dartford) have now confirmed that they will now not be progressing possession hearings until the areas affected return to Tier 1 status.MoratoriumBecause the government is to implement a Christmas moratorium on bailiff evictions, landlords and letting agents will have to wait until at least the New Year before gaining possession.But writs of control issued by the High Court can be enforced, and landlords are now using these in some cases, although they are more expensive to access.“These are very challenging times for everyone in the private rented sector but thousands of landlords face rent arrears of a year or more,” says Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action.“Just as they thought they were approaching the final hurdle, these new restrictions are going to be a severe blow.”Read more about Covid evictions ban.evictions tier 3 bailiff evictions evictions tier 2 Landlord Action Ministry of Justice Paul Shamplina October 26, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img