COVID-19 and Possession claims

30th March 2020

Angela Hall, Elizabeth England and Tristan Salter of Five Paper update you as to the effect on social landlords of the current legislative and practical changes taking place in response to the pandemic


(1)  The landscape for residential possession proceedings has dramatically altered in the last week as the impact of COVID-19 is seen across the country. The Government has responded quickly, amending key parts of the legislation and introducing a new pre-action protocol. The last week has also seen the widespread closure of courts and an announcement that possession proceedings will be put on hold for at least 90 days. In short, it has been a dramatic week for everyone in the social housing sector.

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