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Further Stay on Possession Proceedings Announced

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

Landlords in England have been dealt a further blow today in an announcement by the Government that the stay on possession proceedings due to be lifted on Sunday 23 August will now remain in place until 20 September.

To add insult to landlords’ injury it will also be necessary to give 6 months’ Notice to tenants in the majority of cases. The previous period of 2 months had been extended to 3 months when lockdown was first announced with those provisions due to end on 30 September.

Whilst many will have sympathy with the effect job losses and illness have had on many during the pandemic landlords will be only too aware of the number of tenants who were in arrears before lockdown and whose finances remain unchanged as a result of the pandemic.

“This move will cause incredible financial hardship to many landlords” commented Partner, Stuart Love. “Those with buy to let mortgages need the income to meet their outgoings and many more rely on rental income for their pension.

This is a charter for very many tenants who are playing the system and equally does them a disservice By the time their case does come to Court they may well be tens of thousands of pounds in arrears – leaving them with no chance of paying that back and little prospect of securing further private rented accommodation”.

It is thought there are over 40,000 housing cases caught in the backlog caused by the pandemic. Housing Minister Robert Jenrick has indicated that when cases to recommence priority is likely to be given to cases involving anti-social behaviour and those were arrears exceed 12 months’ rent.

In Scotland and Ireland the ban on eviction proceedings is in place until March 2021.

Stuart Love


Stuart Love


Stuart is a Partner and also Head of the Commercial Litigation team. He specialises in complex commercial litigation, including contract disputes, business ownership disputes, contentious insolvency and debt collection.