Legal action against Government’s lockdown evictions ban

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9:01 AM, 16th November 2020
About 3 weeks ago

Legal action against Government’s lockdown evictions ban

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Legal action against Government’s lockdown evictions ban

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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Ian Simpson

7:33 AM, 21st November 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Some great comments on here. It makes one feel one is not alone in the fight for justice. Our arrears are around £15,000 across the portfolio now. - none of that amount ever to be seen again. Lending bank (Handelsbanken) completely uninterested in helping, of course. Judicial Reviews : great if they happen, but I remembr the one on Section 24 ... lots of effort, lots of money, big build up, with meetings and rallies and so on, and then the whole thing was just stopped dead before it even started. I think selling up is the only way out, and even that is going to be VERY difficult indeed.


7:45 AM, 21st November 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Carol at 16/11/2020 - 18:42
If you are looking to Government for justice, half your expectations, half them again and then prepare to be disappointed.
We live in a democracy(tyranny of the majority), not a republic (rule of law).

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