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Short-term relief for renters, but bailiff visits still set to resume

21 August 2020


The Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline and Business Debtline has welcomed the Government’s four-week extension of the ban on evictions - but says urgent action is still needed to ensure tenants struggling with other debts are protected from harm.

While the extension of the ban on evictions has been extended, a similar ban on bailiff visits – frequently used to collect council tax debts – is still due to end as planned this Sunday. This means those struggling financially still face the prospect of bailiffs turning up on their doorstep from next week.

Responding to the news Jane Tully Director of External Affairs for the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline and Business Debtline, said:

“Today’s last-minute announcement offers short-term relief for private tenants at risk of eviction.  With the extension of the ban only lasting 4 weeks, however, the Government should put in place a comprehensive plan to protect these tenants before this extension ends.

“Meanwhile, concerns over the end of a similar ban on bailiff visits in England and Wales – which is still set to expire this Sunday – remain unaddressed.  There is a real risk of a surge in bailiff action relating to council tax and other debts over the coming months, which poses both financial and public health risks.

“The government either needs to extend its ban on bailiff visits, or otherwise put in place urgent guidance to ensure people struggling with problem debt are protected from harm.”

 
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