Residential possession proceedings; No evictions over Christmas and Notice periods change.

Residential possession proceedings; No evictions over Christmas and Notice periods change.

Housing Secretary Robert Jennick announced on 11th September 2020 that there will be a “truce” on enforcement action for tenants facing eviction in England and Wales over the Christmas period.  He has also said evictions will not be enforced in areas subject to local lockdowns.  Bailiffs will be told that they should not enforce Possession

Stay on possession proceedings

Stay on possession proceedings

The Government announced late on Friday 21st August that the stay on almost all aspects of residential possession proceedings would be extended to 20th September. This has been put into effect by amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules by substituting the previous reference to  22nd or 23rd August as appropriate to the 19th or 20th September. In effect all stages of

Government proposes to make the video-witnessing of Wills legal during Coronavirus pandemic

Government proposes to make the video-witnessing of Wills legal during Coronavirus pandemic

The Government has announced its plan to introduce new legislation in September 2020 to allow Wills to be witnessed virtually in England and Wales.  It is proposed that this temporary legislation will apply retrospectively to Wills that have been signed, dated and video-witnessed since 31 January 2020, being the date of the first Covid-19 case

Reactivation of possession claims on the expiry of the stay

Reactivation of possession claims on the expiry of the stay

The Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 4) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020 amend the Civil Procedure Rules to add a new Practice Direction.  Practice Direction 55C will come into force on 23 August 2020.  Practice Direction 55C details what measures will be implemented when the stay of possession proceedings expires on 23 August 2020.  This Practice Direction will

Landlord & Tenant Update

Landlord & Tenant Update

PART 1 Government extends stay on possession proceedings to 23rd August 2020 On 5 June 2020, the Housing Secretary, Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, announced that the Government was extending the moratorium on evictions to 23 August 2020.   The moratorium, which was introduced under Practice Direction 51Z, was originally due to expire on 25 June