Buy-to-let landlords planning to evict tenants who have failed to pay rent when the existing evictions ban is scrapped on 23 August will face new restrictions.
BTL landlords will be permitted to once again start court proceedings against tenants as soon as the eviction ban is lifted, but gaining possession of the property through the courts will not be the same as before the pandemic.
New measures introduced by the government last month mean that additional processes will be required as part of the process of gaining possession of a property via the courts.
Landlords will need to submit any relevant information in their claim about how a tenant's circumstances have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Crucially, it is important to note that a judge will be able to suspend the proceedings if the information is not provided.
The new procedures will take effect after the end of the current evictions ban on 23 August.
Timothy Douglas, of ARLA Propertymark, commented: “It is vital that the government has a coordinated strategy that prioritises the most serious cases and informs the sector about the changes and what landlords and agents need to do.
“This is important because when the courts re-open there will be a backlog of cases and they will take longer to progress. As a result, it will be even more important that landlords and agents follow the new procedures in full.”
Douglas added: “It is important that we take steps back to normality and both landlords and tenants have access to the justice system, particularly in cases where tenants behave anti-socially or have pre-pandemic rent arrears.”