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 […]

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 […]

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 […]