The government has confirmed that the evictions ban is to end on the 23rd August and that the courts will re-open for possession hearings the next day, Monday 24th August.

This confirmation was made by Lord Greenhalgh (pictured) in the Lords today, and confirmed by a spokesperson from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to LandlordZONE.

The announcement will be a huge relief for the estimated 5,700 ‘in limbo’ cases that were granted hearings just before the ban, and the estimated 60,000 new notices that have been issued during the lockdown but have not been able to proceed.

Lord Greenhalgh’s comments were made in response to a question by Baroness Altmann, who had asked ‘what provisions are or will be in place to ensure that private landlords, who obtained a legal possession order prior to the suspension of evictions in March, are able to reclaim possession of their properties without further delay’.

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Greenhalgh then stated that on 24th August the “courts will begin to process possession cases again,” he said.

“This is an important step towards ending the lockdown and will protect landlords’ important right to regain their property.

“Work is underway with the judiciary, legal representatives and the advice sector on arrangements, including new rules, to ensure that judges have all the information necessary to make just decisions and that the most vulnerable tenants can get the help they need when possession cases resume.”

This last paragraph is a reference to the pre-action protocols that the governments has been working on in recent weeks that will required landlords to work much more closely with financially struggling tenants before a judge will allow a possession hearing to be granted.

“The Master of the Rolls, as head of civil justice, has convened a judiciary-led, cross-sector, task-and-finish working group to consider and to address so far as practicable matters affecting litigants and the courts when the present stay on possession proceedings is lifted. This group has the support of the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government,” an MHCLG statement says.

“The focus of the group is on preparing the courts for the lifting of the suspension including how best to support parties, including vulnerable renters. The group will also include rules, guidance (including to private landlords as well as social landlords), the provision of information and the sharing of best practice.”

Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association, said: “The Minister’s comments provide greater certainty for the rental market.

“We continue to work hard with landlords and tenants to sustain tenancies wherever possible. In the vast majority of cases this is happening.

“It is vital however that swift action can be taken against those tenants committing anti-social behaviour or domestic violence.  We are calling also for priority to be given to cases where possession orders were granted prior to lockdown or where rent arrears have nothing to do with the COVID pandemic.”






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10 COMMENTS

  1. No need fir any ore-action protocols.
    Simple question

    Are you up to date with rent payments?
    No then out you go.
    No debate

    Either pay rent or vacate.

    No need for any faffing around.
    Any LL who had worked out a payment plan won’t be seeking eviction.

    Only those LL with rent defaulting tenants will wish to get rid of them quickly to have a chance of sourcing rent paying tenants.

    Tenants had better watch out.
    All the rental accommodation will be taken up by escaping HK citizens.
    3 million could arrive in a very short space of time.
    My advice to feckless tenants is don’t give your LL cause to evict you.
    Principally pay all your rent!!
    Or you could find yourself replaced with a Hong Konger!!

    • Who by the nature of thier culture and upbringing pay thier rent on time because to dishonour ones family not paying the rent owed brings great shame upon them. Plus they are mostly pretty well educated too highly motivated

  2. About time too landlords are not a free banking service for the tenants , tenants who have been on benefits or 80% of salaries and still not paid rent

  3. I’m one of the landlords who rented giving Them around 5 years Before I’d need the house back.

    I Gave a section 21 last September and she refused to move because she can’t afford anywhere else and the council won’t house her without an eviction order – in the meantime I’m homeless..

    this lockdown has extended my misery and the council offered me a hostel full of druggies – I’m in my 50s and a single female..

    Needless to say, I will never rent a house ever again. I’m going to have to refurb the house before I move back in, it’s not been looked after so the eviction notice can’t come soon enough!

  4. I am a LL owed rent since February. Both tenants working but unable to pay apparently due to COVID.
    I am now feeling depressed and in disbelief that I am unable to have my property back. That people can stay in my property rent free and basically laugh in my face as I am unable to do anything about it how is this allowed. ?

  5. You are not alone…my tenant was due to be evicted in early April for arrears back to October …has been in work during lockdown…refused to discuss payment plan, answer calls or respond except to mock me when I recently sent an inspection notice. As a non native of this country he and his wife have settled in this country to take advantage of our foolish legal system…he and his wife, also a non native are liars and thieves. Discovered somewhat late in the day he goes from property to property by starting to pay for some months then defaults…also lies about his previous addresses/ landlords and credit profile. Surely people like this should be on a register to avoid same thing happening to another Landlord. And surely if rent defaulters owe vast amounts of money, a form of theft, how can that not be a criminal offence? The lone County Bailiff isn’t going to cope, so given that Tenants can appeal their eviction, to delay further, knowing they haven’t actually got grounds to appeal, how much longer does that mean the Landlord is going to have to wait. If a Landlord doesn’t pay his taxes on time HMRC don’t hesitate to slap a fine on him. Seems to me this is the end of being a Landlord as there is no redress, no support from the Gov to the little but vital Landlord during Covid, those who fell outside any grant/ loan scheme. The law is an Ass!

  6. I should add,” serial rent defaulters/ deliberate/ persistent” are thieves and should therefore have something more than a CCJ which of course they can avoid paying for the entire 6 years…..at which point the legal system supports that record being wiped even when not settled!!!!

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