Protect – YOUR HOME!

The courts have confirmed there is COVID-19 Protection From Eviction until 25 June 2020

Who is now protected from eviction?

Most people (renters and homeowners) are now protected from eviction until 25 June 2020.

If your landlord served Notice, or possession proceedings were issued at court before 26 March 2020 – the courts have decided that these cases will be suspended until 25 June 2020.

 

This is the statement from the court:

“the court service will suspend all ongoing housing possession action – this means that neither cases currently in the or any about to go in the system can progress to the stage where someone could be evicted. This suspension of housing possessions action will initially last for 90 days, but this can be extended if needed. This measure will protect all private and social renters, as well as those with mortgages and those with licenses covered by the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. This will apply to both England and Wales.”

If your landlord serves Notice now after the 26 March 2020 – no new possession proceedings can be issued until after the 25 June 2020.

This is because of the emergency Coronavirus Act.

if you’re a private tenant and have been served with a Section 21 Eviction Notice by your landlord – don’t panic. Click here to use our Section 21 checklist and work out if your notice is valid.

 

Who is still not protected from eviction?

It’s only the people who are not covered by the Protection from Eviction Act and so could be evicted by their landlord without an order from the court that are now at risk. These include:

  • lodgers
  • homeless people who have been given temporary accommodation until they receive a duty decision or who are living in a council or housing association hostel and
  • some people where accommodation is part of their employment,
  • asylum seekers living in asylum accommodation

 Get urgent legal advice – if you are one of these people and are threatened with eviction, contact housing@gmlaw.org.uk or

  call 0161 749 2244.

 What happens if landlords try to evict unlawfully?

There is a very real risk that bad landlords may try to get round the temporary legal protection against eviction and force tenant to leave by making threats, changing the locks or cutting off services.

Get urgent legal advice to know your rights, warn your landlord, apply for an injunction to stop your landlord attempting to evict you or for an order to get you back into the property. housing@gmlaw.org.uk or

call 0161 749 2244

Unlawful eviction is a criminal offence if you need to stop an eviction that is happening you should call 999.

Contact housing@gmlaw.org.uk or call 0161 749 2244 

To download the full COVID19 Survival kit click here