Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Landlords and Tenants (Government Guidance)

RENT, MORTGAGE PAYMENTS AND NOTICES SEEKING POSSESSION

The purpose of this advisory guidance is to help landlords and tenants understand the implications of the Coronavirus Act 2020. The Act will mean that, until 30th September 2020, most landlords will not be able to start possession proceedings unless they have given their tenants three-months’ notice. Landlords can choose to give more than this three months’ notice.

COURT ACTION ON HOUSING POSSESSION CASES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK

As well as the provisions in the Act, the Master of the Rolls, with the agreement of the Lord Chancellor, has announced the suspension of housing possession cases in the courts – this affects new or existing claims for possession for a 90 day period from 27th March. We strongly advise landlords not to commence new notices seeking possession during this challenging time without a very good reason to do so. It is essential that we work together in these unprecedented circumstances to keep each other safe.

PROPERTY ACCESS AND HEALTH AND SAFETY

The purpose of this advisory guidance is to support and encourage landlords and tenants in adopting a pragmatic, common-sense approach to issues that may arise in the current circumstances. Tenants have a right to a decent, warm and safe place to live – it is in the best interests of both tenants and landlords to ensure that properties are kept in good repair and free from hazards.

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