Housing Possession Suspension Extended Again

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At the end of March, we published the news that the Court Service will suspend all ongoing housing possession actions. This was seen as a huge relief to those who had been affected by the pandemic. Courts were due to resume dealing with cases yesterday, Monday 24th , with landlords facing new requirements

It has now been confirmed however, by the The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government that the ban on evictions will continue for the next four weeks. In addition to this, landlords have been instructed to provide tenants with six months’ notice ” in all bar those cases raising other serious issues such as those involving anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse perpetrators” until at least the end of March. The aim of this is to provide tenants with protection during the winter months.

As a result, this means: if a landlord applied for possession before 27 March 2020, the case will be put on hold, regardless of what stage it is at and no new possession claims will be processed. Announcing the extension, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick comments about the process when actions resume: “However, it is right that the most egregious cases, for example those involving anti-social behaviour or domestic abuse perpetrators, begin to be heard in court again; and so when courts reopen, landlords will once again be able to progress these priority cases.”

If you have an ongoing repossession action or are looking for more information, contact our specialist team on 01903 229999 or via info@bennett-griffin.co.uk. Alternatively, fill in the form below this article and we will get back to you.

Disclaimer – Please note that this update is not intended to be exhaustive or be a substitute for legal advice. The application of the law in this area will often depend upon the specific facts and you are advised to seek specific advice on any given scenario.