Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus:Written question - 32279

Asked by Tulip Siddiq
(Hampstead and Kilburn)

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Asked on: 19 March 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Private Rented Housing: Coronavirus
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effect on (a) in-progress evictions and (b) households awaiting bailiffs when legislation on suspending evictions is introduced during the covid-19 outbreak.
Answered by: Christopher Pincher
Answered on: 25 March 2020
Holding answer received on 24 March 2020

The emergency legislation is not retrospective and does not apply to notices issued before the legislation comes into force.

The Lord Chief Justice issued guidance to judges on 19 March stating that applications to suspend warrants of possession should be prioritised, and that judges dealing with any possession claim during the crisis must have in mind the public health guidance and should not make an order that risks impacting on public health.

We have also asked bailiffs and landlords to review all upcoming evictions, taking into account the current coronavirus public health guidance.

We will also expect landlords to carefully consider existing cases and approach these sympathetically in light of the new challenges raised by the pandemic.

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