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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

  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 […]

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 […]

Serving a Valid Section 21 Notice  Following the Deregulation Act 2015 being enacted, the section 21 procedure has become more complex than it was prior to the enactment of this Act. This is because there are now more legal obligations to meet, known as the prescribed requirements, which if not complied with, will result in […]

Can a joint tenant drop out? A common question that arises from landlords and also letting agents is whether or not a joint tenant can surrender their tenancy and what impact this has on the other tenant. Historically, where more than one-person owned land, they owned the land either in common or jointly. Common ownership […]

After the first news concerning the section 21 evictions being abolished, the Prime Minister Theresa May gave a speech today at the Housing 2019 conference.  The Prime Minister stated: “We are re-balancing the relationship between tenant and landlord, making major changes that will make an immediate and lasting impact on the lives of millions of […]

The Governments data shows it is taking longer for landlords to repossess properties through the courts. However. the number of landlord possession actions for all court stages have decreased. Figures from the Ministry of Justice show it took 17.3 weeks on average for a claim to result in a repossession. This is one week longer than […]