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Fri 27 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic - Court Orders Suspended

All court orders suspended immediately
The government has announced that all ongoing housing possession actions are
suspended from today (27 March 2020) for initially 90 days. The 90 days can be extended if
necessary.

The suspension will affect all possession claims where a court order is required including
assured shorthold tenancies and will also include mortgage possession claims.

If you are a a landlord with a notice about to expire, you cannot start possession proceedings during this 90 day
period.

Starting from 27 March 2020 ... following a decision by the Master of the Rolls with the Lord
Chancellors agreement the court service will suspend all ongoing housing possession actions –


"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.
Tenants are still liable for their rent and should pay this as usual. If they face financial hardship
and struggle to pay this, support is available. In the first instance they should speak to their
landlord if they think they will have difficulty meeting a rental payment, and in this unique context
we would encourage tenants and landlords to work together to put in place a rent payment
scheme."


If you already have a claim in the system, it will simply stay at the position it is now until the end
of the 90 days (or extended date) after which it will start again from the point it was at.