Notice Period to be Extended to 6 Months Notice ·        Ban on evictions continues for 4 weeks taking the total ban to 6 months ·        New 6 month notice periods to be in place until at least 31 March 2021 Once eviction hearings restart, the judiciary will carefully prioritise the most serious cases including those […]

Reasonable Recipient Test Applies to Eviction Notices The Court of Appeal (Pease v Carter & Anr [2020] EWCA Civ 175) has held that the reasonable recipient test applies to eviction notices. The background to the case is that on 7th November 2018 the landlord served Notices of Proceedings for Possession under s.8 Housing Act 1988 […]

Following the temporary enactment of Practice Direction 51Z, all possession claims were stayed and a new Practice Direction is to come into force on 23 August 2020 allowing all stayed claims to be resumed. The new rules are set out under Practice Direction 55C which confirms the courts will not be automatically resuming possession claims. […]

Judges Discretion to Grant Possession Orders In the case of City West Housing Trust v Massey, Manchester and District Housing Association v Roberts [2016] EWCA Civ. 704 the England & Wales Court of Appeal considered joined cases where social landlords attempted to recover possession of properties which had been used for the cultivation of cannabis. […]

Restrictions on evictions are set to be lifted as temporary measures put in place by the UK government due to COVID-19 are due to come to an end between 24th August 2020 and 30th September 2020, Landlord Advice UK is offering free legal support to landlords dealing with evictions as special protection from the Coronavirus Act 2020 […]

How to Evict Trespassers It is important that those who own property and land are aware of the eviction process should their rights over their land be infringed by trespassers, whether the land is open land, a commercial, or residential premises. Trespassers are commonly referred to as ‘squatters’, but the proper legal term for squatter […]

Ban on Evictions Set to End on 23 August 2020 On 01 July 2020 Parliament confirmed the current suspension of evictions will end on 23 August 2020 and the courts will start hearing possession claims on 24 August 2020. This will be a relief to many landlords who are waiting to enforce possession orders already […]

Code of Practice to Guide Commercial Landlord and Tenants During COVID-19 Crisis – Commercial Rent Arrears The UK government has published a temporary Code of Practice with the aim of encouraging fair and transparent discussions between commercial landlords and tenants during the COVID-19 crisis concerning rental payments and arrears, and promoting a spirit of collaboration rather than […]

On 05 June 2020 the MHCLG announced that the current ban on evictions would be extended until 23 August 2020. Ban on evictions from social or private rented accommodation extended by 2 months New court rules will ensure vulnerable renters will be protected when the suspension of evictions ends Government committed to ensuring that no […]

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 […]