Coronavirus Act 2020 guidance for Landlords and Tenants
The Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force on Thursday 26th March. This emergency legislation prevents new eviction proceedings from being commenced for a three month period. On 27th March, the court service suspended all ongoing housing possession action for 90 days.
Links to Support Tenants & Landlords
The Government has provided a link to support tenants and landlords which be found here.
The Government has also published guidance for landlords and tenants who may be currently affected here.
The guidance includes:
- Measures relating to notices seeking possession as amended by the Coronavirus Act 2020
- Court action on possession cases during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- Property access and health and safety obligations in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
The Government is also looking to widen the existing pre-action protocol on possession proceedings for Social Landlords to strengthen its remit and to include private renters. Once this has taken place, we will insert the relevant link in this article.
The main objective of all the guidance issued by the Government is to encourage private sector landlords to reach out to their tenants. They want Landlords to understand the financial position their tenant is currently in before making the decision to seek possession through the courts when the 3-month delay on issuing eviction proceedings has ended.
In effect, they are looking for landlords and tenants to work together to agree on an affordable rent repayment plan if their tenants fall into rent arrears during the pandemic.
For general Government guidance during the COVID-19 outbreak, click here.