New legislation preventing possession claims

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced emergency legislation to prevent new evictions in the wake of Covid-19.

Under the new legislation, all new evictions will be suspended and no new possession proceedings will be allowed during the period of national emergency, expected to be at least three months. The legislation covers both social and privately rented properties. This comes as the MHCLG also confirmed a three month mortgage payment holidays will also be extended to Buy to Let mortgages.

The housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, said: “The government is clear – no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts.

Locally, the courts in Devon and Cornwall have communicated that an order is likely to be made to vacate current possession hearings and adjourn them until after mid-June.

This legislation has been set out to protect both landlords and renters alike, and we urge all landlords to follow the guidance and not to take matters into your own hands. If you have any questions about your properties, tenants and how this legislation affects you, please contact Fiona Squire or complete a contact form for her to call you back.

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