The Ban on commercial evictions extended to 30 June and bailiff enforced eviction ban extended to 31 May to protect residential tenants.
Many business owners have had to cease trading entirely during lockdown and they are being given extra support after the government extended the ban on commercial evictions for a further 3 months.
The decision will help those worst affected by the pandemic, such as bars and restaurants, get back to business in May when doors fully reopen for hospitality no earlier than 17 May.
Residential tenants will also be supported as the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in all but the most serious circumstances – such as incidents of fraud or domestic abuse – and the requirement for landlords to provide 6-month notice periods to tenants before they evict will also be extended until at least 31 May.
This will ensure residents in both the private and social sector can stay in their homes and have enough time to find alternative accommodation or support as we move through the roadmap.
With around 49% of hospitality workers and 36% of retail workers currently renting, the new measures will hopefully help protect jobs as businesses reopen and many more renters can return to work.