At the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown, a ban on evictions was introduced in England and Wales.
That has now been extended until 20 September, but will that deadline be pushed back even further? Just how does the eviction process now work and how are the rules changing?
HD Assist, together with Landlord Action, will be hosting a special ‘Rent Arrears and Eviction’ webinar tomorrow.
The online session, which will take place from 10am-11am, is designed to help landlords, letting agents and property managers navigate the ever-changing rules on evictions.
The webinar will be presented by founder of Landlord Action, Paul Shamplina, with guests Tim Frome, legal director for Landlord Action, along with Mike Morgan, legal division manager and head of HD Assist, as well as John Stewart, director of policy and research at National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA).
As experts in landlord and tenant law, the team will update and advise listeners, guiding them from an initial problem, such as how to communicate with a tenant that has stopped paying rent, right through to the latest on debt recovery.
The team will provide the most up to date information on the courts, following the further extension to the ban on evictions, and what the possession procedure will now entail.
Topics covered will include:
Non-payment of rent - How to communicate
Mediation avoiding the courts
Serving Notices - The Update
Issuing Possession Claims
Courts Reopening post COVID Lockdown - Reactivation notices
New processes put in place
Latest on Debt Recovery Rules
Shamplina said: “The last minute U-turn regarding the re-opening of the courts was another huge blow for those landlords struggling with mounting rent arrears and troublesome tenants. Having just issued the reaction notices in August, we have been inundated with queries from landlords over what the changes mean for their case. We hope the webinar will help to cover as many unanswered questions as possible and give landlords some reassurance that the industry is doing it all it can to support them raise awareness of the hardship many landlords are now facing.”
Stewart of the NRLA added: “The extension of the stay is unwelcome and un-needed, whilst the new notice periods risk making the possession process as complicated as a game of Go Johnny Go Go Go Go!”
Landlords, letting agents and property managers are being asked to sign up in advance to the HF Assist/Landlord Action webinar. To register, click here.