Housing possession proceedings suspended until end of August11th June 2020
On 27th March 2020, the Government announced a suspension to all housing possession proceedings going through the courts until 25th June 2020. Last week, Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, announced a further two-month extension to the housing possession suspension.
First established to protect vulnerable tenants from being evicted for coronavirus-related reasons, the suspension protects private and social renters, alongside those with mortgages and licenses covered by the Protection from the Eviction Act 1977.
The moratorium will mean no one will be evicted from their homes due to the coronavirus this summer.
When courts do recommence at the end of August, Jernick has confirmed that “rules are in place to assist the court in giving appropriate protections for those who have been particularly affected by coronavirus – including those tenants who have been shielding”.
Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland, says, “protecting vulnerable people has been our priority throughout this pandemic. Extending this ban will give people invaluable security in these turbulent times and work continues at pace to ensure vulnerable renters remain protected long after the ban ends”.
Whilst the Government have strongly encouraged landlord and tenants to come to new agreements between themselves during this time, in unfortunate event that you have problems, Gilbert Stephens can advise you on the appropriate steps to take.
Resolving disputes can be expensive so we endeavour to help our clients reach the most cost effective and speedy outcome. By working closely with our clients, we can understand what they want to achieve by instructing us.