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Government extends ban on bailiff-enforced evictions until May

The government has extended the six month notice period and ban on bailiff-enforced evictions until 31st May 2021.

The extension aims to protect residential tenants in private and social housing as the pandemic continues.

Six month notice period

Under the current arrangements, landlords must provide residential tenants with six months’ notice before ending a tenancy. This stay on possession proceedings includes section 21 evictions and rent arrears under six months. The rules have been extended until at least 31st May 2021.

Exceptions to the six month rule include tenants with six months’ rent arrears, anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse, false statements and breaches of ‘Right to Rent’ rules.

Ban on bailiff-enforced evictions

Landlords cannot use bailiffs to enforce evictions under the current rules. Exceptions include serious cases such as incidents of fraud and domestic abuse. The ban will be in force until at least 31st May 2021.

Our Lettings team is here to help. If you have a question about letting or evictions, please call 0113 264 2642 or email

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Helen Jolly

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Helen Jolly

Director (Lettings)

With a BSc in Estate Management, Helen has over 20 years’ experience in residential lettings and property management, from individual houses to property portfolios.

She set up Emsleys Estate Agents’ Lettings Service in 2007 and is responsible for assisting aspiring landlords or those with single or multiple properties to rent.