LGA responds to further extension of bailiff enforced eviction ban

“As we come out of the pandemic, we are keen to work with government on a long-term plan to give renters the safeguards and protections they need to help them stay in their homes, in as many cases as possible."


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Responding to the further extension of the ban on bailiff enforcement action and the six-month notice period for evictions, Cllr David Renard, Local Government Association housing spokesperson, said:

“We are pleased the Government will further extend the ban on bailiff enforcement action. These are very challenging times for many tenants who are struggling to pay their rent and this will provide reassurance that renters can remain in their homes. Not only will this avoid causing major disruption for households, but it will help reduce the pressure on council homelessness services.

“As we come out of the pandemic, we are keen to work with government on a long-term plan to give renters the safeguards and protections they need to help them stay in their homes, in as many cases as possible.

“Going forward, there remains a need for a renewed focus on investing in homelessness prevention services.

“This should include ensuring councils have the resources to support households at risk of homelessness, including restoration of welfare funding to at least £250 million a year and a review of the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme. It is also vital councils are given the ability to invest in building much-needed social housing, through the reform of Right to Buy.”