Background: There is a new court practice direction dealing with the processing of tenant eviction claims called Practice Direction 55C.  The new practice direction is a temporary modification to the procedural rules, it commences at the end of the current suspension of tenant eviction claims on 23.08.20 and ends on 28.03.21. The practice direction is…

Tenant Eviction – Guidance for Landlords We now have Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Landlords and Tenants[1] from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. So we consider how this impacts on tenant eviction below. This is “Non-statutory guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rented sectors on: Measures relating to notices…

A new practice direction has been added to the Civil Procedure rules.  It is Practice Direction 51Z[1]. The new practice direction is effective from 27.03.20.  It applies to most private sector possession claims. The effect of the practice direction is that all new and existing tenant eviction possession claims are stayed for at last 90…

Latest Developments The Coronavirus Act 2020[1] is now in force.  Private landlords, in most cases, now need to give three months notice before commencing possession claims to evict tenants.  Three months notice is required irrespective of the reason for the eviction. The new notice periods apply in England and Wales.  New prescribed forms apply in…

On 08.03.20 the government announced a “radical package of measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus.”  The package is to include emergency legislation to suspend new evictions. The announcement says that there would be no new possession proceedings started during the crisis, or for at least 3 months.  At the end of 3…

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