Our housing law advice clinic is now open as a telephone service. Call us on 020 7538 4909 to see if we can help and make an appointment.
From 26 March 2020, landlords must give all renters three months’ notice if they intend to seek possession (i.e. serve notice that they want to end the tenancy). And from 27 March 2020, the court service has suspended all ongoing housing possession action – this means that neither cases currently in court system nor those about to go into the system can progress to the stage where someone could be evicted. This suspension of housing possessions action will last until 23 August. Further information can be found here.
This decision will protect:
- Private tenants
- Council tenants
- Housing Association tenants
- People with licences covered by the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 (England and Wales) including Contractual Tenancies and ‘Non-Secure Tenancies’ of temporary accommodation.
However, the announcement doesn’t seem to cover people excluded from statutory protection or the Protection from Eviction Act 1977, including lodgers, homeless applicants housed under a licence (temporary accommodation pending a decision), or some people where accommodation is subject to a condition of employment.
Tenants are still liable for their rent and should pay this as usual. Please seek welfare benefits advice if you need support with rent payments – it is still important to make sure you get the correct amount of housing benefit or help with rent through Universal Credit. The Government is encouraging landlords and tenants to work together to put in place a rent payment scheme and, once the emergency is over, resolve disputes and arrears taking into account tenants’ individual circumstances.
The Government has also announced that Local Authorities will have to house all rough sleepers by 28 March 2020. Further information can be found here.
How we can help:
We believe that everyone should have a decent home to live in. So we fight to prevent people from being unfairly evicted and help homeless people win a home. And we help people living in unsafe and unhealthy homes to make their landlords repair them.
We can help with problems like:
- Possession Proceedings in the County Court
- Housing Benefit
- Rent Arrears
- Rehousing and Transfers
We do not provide advice to landlords or help with conveyancing.
We also participate in the Duty Representation Scheme at the Bow County Court.
Contct us by phone or email to see if we can help you and make an appointment.