Coronavirus Blog Series:
Government sets out new measures for Landlords & Tenants
Published 20 March 2020
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has announced new measures for both landlords and tenants in England and Wales in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The measures, designed to protect both parties, include:
Emergency legislation to suspend new evictions from both social and privately rented accommodation for at least a 3-month period
No new possession proceedings through applications to the court during the outbreak
Extra protections for landlords, with the 3-month mortgage payment holiday being extended to landlords whose tenants are currently suffering financial difficulties due to Coronavirus.
At the end of this period, landlords and tenants will be expected to work together to establish an affordable repayment plan, taking into account individual circumstances.
The government has also worked with the Master of Rolls – President of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales – to widen the pre-action protocol on possession proceedings, to include private renters, and to strengthen its remit.
This will support necessary engagement between landlords and tenants to resolve any disputes, and landlords will have to communicate with tenants to understand the financial position they are in. The government will also issue guidance asking landlords to show ‘compassion’ and to allow tenants who are affected by this situation to remain in their homes wherever possible.
While these measures apply to England and Wales only, we anticipate a similar arrangement for Northern Ireland in due course. Please continue to follow our blog and social media channels for further updates.
This article is for general guidance only and should not be regarded as a substitute for professional legal advice. Source: Gov.uk