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Coronavirus evictions? Landlords barred

The government has taken emergency measures to protect renters in what are extraordinary times.

Under the urgent new measures landlords will be barred from starting possession claims for three months. Landlords will be prevented from bringing new proceedings in Court to begin what is usually a straightforward possession claim.

This relief period is another step in the efforts to fight the virus. It is designed to help tenants who are struggling financially to cope because of the consequences of the coronavirus.

Ministers have confirmed a three month mortgage holiday will also be extended to landlords whose tenants are suffering financial hardship.

It is envisaged that these steps will bring both landlords and tenants together for the next few months in devising affordable payment plans without the threat of possession proceedings putting extra pressure on tenants.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said: “The government is clear – no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts. These are extraordinary times and renters and landlords alike are of course worried about paying their rent and mortgage. Which is why we are urgently introducing emergency legislation to protect tenants in social and private accommodation from an eviction process being started”.

The introduction of this radical package of measures will be a welcome change for many – the situation is flexible and fluid with further changes expected. 

We will keep you updated with any further announcements on this topic – if you have any questions, please contact our Dispute Resolution team by calling 0113 232 1030 or emailing

Gurpreet Birdi

Written by

Gurpreet Birdi

Associate Director

Gurpreet is an Associate Director. She is a solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team with significant expertise in civil and commercial disputes. She specialises in contested wills and probate, financial service litigation and professional negligence.

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