Suspension of Possession Proceedings

Following government guidance recently published, a variety of measures have now been implemented to assist private and social renters affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Key measures include:-
• From 26th March 2020 landlords will have to give all renters three months’ notice if they intend to seek possession of the property. This protection extends to renters in England and Wales with tenancies governed by the Rent Act 1977, the Housing Act 1985, the Housing Act 1996 and the Housing Act 1988;

• From 27th March 2020, the court service will suspend all ongoing housing possession action. This relates to existing cases currently in the system or cases about to go into the system. This suspension will initially take place for a 90-day period but may be extended if necessary.

Tenants are still obliged to pay their rent and fulfil their obligations under the tenancy agreement. Landlords should also ensure that properties meet the required standard and their obligations under the tenancy agreement are similarly met.

In addition to protection for tenants, landlords with buy to let mortgages are also offered protection by way of a three-month mortgage payment holiday (subject to meeting the lender’s eligibility criteria).

The full government guidance can be accessed here.

We understand that this is a particularly difficult time for both landlords and tenants, and we are on hand to provide advice in respect of your rights and responsibilities. If you wish to speak to a solicitor dealing with this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01227 813400.