Government extends eviction ban until end of March, but loopholes for landlords to remain – The Independent

The government will extend its eviction ban for another month, ministers have announced – but loopholes for landlords will stay in place.

Most renters will now be protected from bailiffs until 31 March after another decision made just a week before the lapse of the current period.

But campaigners point to exemptions that are already seeing many of those worst hit by the pandemic summoned to court for possession hearings and facing homelessness.

Under exemptions introduced at the start of 2021, landlords can now evict tenants who accrue six months of arrears in rent – even if it has been built up during lockdown.

Previous versions of the ban allowed evictions for people who had not paid nine months of rent, but crucially excluded any debt built up since March so that people who lost their jobs because of the pandemic were secure.

Ministers say the revised approach is a “balance between protecting tenants

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