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UK: Renting: Christmas ‘truce’ for tenants facing eviction

The government has announced a “truce” on enforcement action for tenants facing eviction in England and Wales this Christmas.

It also said that evictions will not be enforced in areas subject to local lockdowns as the pandemic continues.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick added that it has increased notice periods to six months in an “unprecedented measure”.

Campaign group Generation Rent said the government “must offer [renters] more.”

The government confirmed that court proceedings for evictions in England and Wales would restart on 21 September after being suspended for six months due to the coronavirus crisis.

But under new measures announced on Thursday, evictions will not be enforced by bailiffs if a local area is in lockdown that includes restrictions on gathering in homes.

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