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Evictions to be halted across much of England and Wales

Given the existing differences between the Covid-19 three-tier-system in England, bailiffs have agreed not to carry out evictions of tenants that live in areas under tier 2 or 3 restrictions.

England’s three-tier system of local restrictions currently divides areas into different categories, labelled as medium, also known as tier 1, high, also known as tier 2, or very high risk, which is referred to as tier 3, with varying levels of restrictions.

The move by bailiffs means people living in tier 2 and tier 3 areas, including Greater Manchester, Merseyside, London and much of the northeast of England, are protected from being removed from their properties.

Robert Buckland, the justice secretary, recently wrote to bailiffs’ trade associations requesting that they do not carry out evictions in tier 2 and tier 3 areas.

He wrote: “We would request that your members should instruct the enforcement agents working under their authorisation not to enter properties that are classified as local alert level two or three.”

With members of the High Court Enforcement Officers Association agreeing to the request, it is highly unlikely that people living in tier 2 and 3 areas will be evicted until at least 12 January because a suspension of evictions has already been set to run over the Christmas period between 11 December and 11 January.

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