The Prime Minister made an announcement on 10 May 2020 concerning the lockdown rules. In summary, the lockdown rules have not been lifted, but have been updated. The Prime Minister urged for those who cannot work from home, to go back to work.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has confirmed that the government is working with the Master of the Rolls to widen the existing ‘pre-action protocol’ on possession proceedings for Social Landlords. The Government plan is to require private landlords to adhere to the same rules as social landlords before issuing possession proceedings. The […]

How do you start divorce proceedings? A divorce starts with a divorce petition. The petition is made by one spouse (the petitioner) and issued in the family court. The court will serve a copy of the petition on the other spouse (the respondent). The court fee to issue a petition for divorce is £550. You can read our article […]

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has confirmed that the courts are to suspend all possession proceedings for 90 days. As of 26 March 2020, landlords will have to give all tenants no less than 3 months’ notice. The Coronavirus Act of 2020 confirms that: All landlords are required to give their tenant […]

Covid 19 and Gas Safety Checks The COVID-19 pandemic in the UK may make it more difficult for landlords to arrange annual safety checks in some cases, as tenants may need to self-isolate for 14 days or longer periods, and as registered gas engineers availability reduces due to the same measures. The Safe Register has […]

Courts to Consider Remote Hearings The media have been criticising Judges for not having yet joined the 21st century in that majority of the courts are not set up to easily accommodate court hearings remotely. Remote hearings can be conducted by way of a telephone conference, Skype and other platforms. In a statement, the Ministry […]

  Eviction During the Coronavirus Pandemic The Coronavirus Bill was introduced by the Government on 21 March 2020 and has already had its third reading in the House of Commons. Coronavirus Bill does not ban evictions Ministers last week promised a “complete ban” on evictions to allay the fears of renters facing a drop on […]

Mortgage lenders announce further support for homeowners and landlords Lenders representing banks, building societies and other specialist lenders have come together to announce additional support for homeowners and residential landlords.  The support for landlords includes extending the option of a payment holiday of up to three months to residential buy-to-let landlords who have tenants who […]

A complete ban on evictions and additional protection for landlords and renters On 18 March 2020, the Government announced its plan to bring in emergency legislation to suspend new evictions in relation to both social and private rented accommodation while the national Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency is taking place. The Government’s plan includes: Emergency legislation to […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19): courts and tribunals planning and preparation This article provides advice and guidance for all court and tribunal users during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will be updated when new advice is available. Going to court or tribunal during the coronavirus outbreak All court and tribunal users should read the latest information about prevention, treatment, travel […]