The government is asking bailiffs not to enforce court possession orders in areas with the highest Coronavirus restrictions.
So although evictions can still proceed through the courts, bailiffs will not enforce court orders in Tier 2 and 3 areas - currently London, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Wales and much of the north east of England.
Bailiff trade bodies have agreed to a request made by Justice Secretary Robert Buckland who at the end of last week 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 2 (high) or 3 (very high)."
Buckland describes the situation as “changing rapidly” and under continual review.
The High Court Enforcement Officers Association has agreed to the request, which means that in effect tenants in Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas will not be evicted until at least January 12.
This is because the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has already announced a suspension of evictions across England and Wales over the Christmas period between 11 December and 11 January.