Updated: 11 June 2021
The government has extended the ban on evictions from private and social rented homes by a further two months, until 23 August.
We agree with the government that before the eviction ban is lifted, it needs to be clear how private tenants will be protected during the transition. But irrespective of how that’s done, housing associations will continue to support anyone struggling to pay rent, or who has built up arrears as a result of the crisis.
The government have announced a judiciary-led, cross-sector, task-and-finish working group, which is considering how action might proceed when the stay on possession proceedings is lifted. The group will be chaired by Mr Justice Knowles, the chair of the Civil Justice Council's Access to Justice Sub Committee.
We have been invited onto this working group, and will represent our members' views on how courts should treat possession proceedings, once the eviction ban ends.
Alongsde our involvement in this working group, We will continue to work with the government, our members, and stakeholders to highlight our policy solutions for lifting the current ban on evictions, alongside highlighting the challenges housing associations are facing around anti-social behaviour.