The evictions ban has been extended until August, the Government has announced, after campaigners pleaded with ministers to stop housing courts reopening at the end of June.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced the news on Twitter as his Health counterpart Matt Hancock delivered the daily coronavirus briefing to the nation.
Jenrick confirmed that tenants who have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and are struggling to pay their bills will not be removed from their homes until the end of August.
The original evictions ban was brought in at the start the crisis and was due to expire on June 25 when housing courts would reopen.
Campaigners had warned that, with the country still largely in lockdown and job prospects and the economy not yet improving, Brits were 20 days away from a “rent debt and evictions crisis worse than anything we’ve ever seen before in this country” if the deadline was not extended.
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We are suspending evictions from social & private rented accommodation by a further two months.
Eviction hearings will not be heard in courts until the end of August and no-one will be evicted from their home this summer due to coronavirus.
— Robert Jenrick (@RobertJenrick) June 5, 2020