Eviction and possession proceedings
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the government introduced temporary legislation to protect tenants from being evicted because of hardship brought on by the outbreak. Part of the package of temporary legislation they introduced was to suspend all possession hearings and orders until 23rd August 2020. This means that whilst landlords can still submit an application to Court for possession and enforcement of a notice served on a tenant, the application will not be dealt with until after the suspension is lifted.
We suspect that this is going to cause a huge backlog for the Courts to deal with once the government removes the suspension and will inevitably cause a delay in landlords securing possession of their property and repayment of any rent arrears.
Should you find yourself in this position, we would strongly recommend seeking the advice of a specialist landlord and tenant solicitor to ensure the correct procedure is followed to secure possession.