Tenants can’t be evicted between December 13 and January 10, following a ruling from HM Courts and Tribunal.
Landlords can still book in urgent evictions by alerting a bailiff manager, though bailiffs have been told to only enforce evictions in the most serious circumstances.
The eviction truce applies in England but should be extended to the rest of the UK next week.
This move follows a truce last Christmas, which was brought in after an extended ban on evictions.
The eviction truce is currently informal, though the formal protocol is for the Lord Chancellor to inform the High Court Enforcement Officers’ Association, which in turn instructs bailiff members not to enforce evictions during the period