Flick Drummond has welcomed the government suspending all ongoing housing repossession action to protect tenants from losing their homes during the Coronavirus crisis.
The housing secretary announced the decision today and the suspension of court action in England and Wales means cases currently in or any about to go in the system cannot progress to eviction
The suspension is initially for 90 days, but could be extended if needed. It will protect all private and social renters, as well as those with mortgages and those with licences covered by the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.
“I’m very pleased the government has made this announcement that will ensure people are not made homeless during this crisis through any court action,” said Flick.
“It cannot be right families have to worry in these challenging circumstances and it will be a relief to those whose livelihoods have been put into turmoil over Coronavirus and are worrying about paying the rent and other bills.”
In addition, landlords also now have to give all renters three months’ notice if they intend to seek possession and the landlord can’t apply to start the court eviction process until after this period, the government has said. This extended buffer period will apply in law until 30 September 2020 but could be extended.