11:20 AM, 17th July 2020, About A year ago 1
Housing Minister, Christopher Pincher MP responded to a written question from Labour MP Helen Hayes regarding the eviction ban extension and confirmed again that the ban on possession cases would end on 23rd August.
The Minister indicated that priority would be given for landlords and tenants in cases that are not related to COVID-19 including anti-social behaviour and long-standing cases.
Christopher Pincher said: “The current pause for possession cases in the courts will end on the 23 August. This is an important step towards transitioning out of emergency measures and allowing the market to operate, ensuring landlords and tenants have appropriate access to justice in cases that are not related to COVID-19, such as cases of anti-social behaviour and long-standing cases that pre-date lockdown measures being put in place.”
“The Government has also been working closely with the judiciary, legal representatives, the advice sector and housing sector stakeholders through a working group convened by the Master of the Rolls. This group is considering arrangements that will mean that courts are better able to address the need for appropriate protection of all parties in the current legislative framework once the suspension of proceedings ends.”
However, the Minister also added: “Landlords must follow strict procedures if they want to gain possession of their property, depending on the type of tenancy agreement in place and the terms of it.”
The Government has said that further information regarding the new procedures for how possession cases are heard is to be released ‘shortly’.
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