9:01 AM, 16th November 2020, About 6 months ago 23
It’s been 10 months since the Government first had to react to the global pandemic, so the Lord Chancellor issuing a letter on 21 October 2020, rather than following usual legal procedures, to deal with the actual execution of possession orders is unacceptable.
David Smith, partner at JMW Solicitors, is representing clients who have been left with no choice but to ask the courts to review the actions of the Government to try and get back their properties from tenants who have huge arrears of rent.
David says: “Such an important decision cannot simply be made by writing a letter on a whim. Many cases of rent arrears were in place before Covid-19 hit and landlords must be able to tackle the most serious cases. This letter from the Lord Chancellor does not constitute a legal framework and has breached the landlords’ civil and human rights as well as usurping the power or Parliament. This must be corrected, and quickly.”
The proposed claim for judicial review was received by the Government on 6 November 2020 and a response is due this week.
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