The eviction ban has been extended until 20 September (picture: Getty)
The U-turn was not as dramatic as the one over exam results and it means Robert Jenrick will not for now be joining Gavin Williamson in detention after the politics class.
But, now that it’s happened, does the 11th-hour climbdown over the coronavirus eviction ban foreshadow a more permanent improvement in renters’ rights after the pandemic?
The package announced on Friday following consultation with the judiciary extends the ban by four weeks from 23 August to 20 September in England and Wales.
It also extends the notice period for tenants in England from three to six months in all cases except those involving anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse.