Debt Collection and Evictions: Coronavirus

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 1st December 2020.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether (a) enforcement of evictions and (b) taking control of goods procedures will be paused in areas subject to tier restrictions after the end of the autumn 2020 national covid-19 lockdown.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

In light of the extraordinary circumstances engendered by the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has taken steps to ensure that enforcement activity is conducted safely and in accordance with the public health measures in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

On 16 November the Government laid the Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction and Taking Control of Goods) (England) Regulations 2020. The Regulations prevent enforcement agents from enforcing residential evictions, other than in limited circumstances, until 11 January 2021, in order to protect public health. We continue to keep the position regarding enforcement of evictions following 11 January under review.

The Regulations also prevent enforcement agents taking control of goods inside homes until the end of the national restrictions on 2 December. The Government has published Covid-19-secure guidance for enforcement agents using the taking control of goods procedure which is being updated.

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