The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England is to be extended until the end of March, the government has announced.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the ban – introduced at the start of the pandemic last March to protect private renters – will remain in place for all but the most serious cases for another six weeks.
The latest extension comes after ministers announced last month that it would continue until February 22, having been due to expire on January 11.
Mr Jenrick said: “We have taken unprecedented action to support renters during the pandemic, including introducing a six-month notice period and financial support to help those struggling to pay their rent.
“By extending the ban on the enforcement of evictions by bailiffs, in all but the most serious cases, we are ensuring renters remain protected during this difficult time.
Updates to Practice Directions, Pre-action Protocols and Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2021 enter into force on 31 May 2021.
The Government has increased small claim limits from £1,000 to £5,000 for road traffic accidents related to personal injury claims, excluding pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
However, in terms of employer and public liability claims, there will be an increase of small claims limit from £1,000 to £2,000 .
Small claims limit will come in to force from 31st May 2021