For any possession proceedings that are in Court at the moment, we are advising Landlords that they are going to face long delays to evict tenants due to the automatic stay on proceedings.
For any new matters, we are able to still take the initial steps of serving eviction notices but with the advice that we shouldn’t start Court proceedings until the coronavirus lockdown has ended and the new Practice Direction has been removed. It is only a temporary measure and ought to be lifted later in the year.
The current stay under Practice Direction 51Z comes to an end on 25 June 2020, to coincide with the introduction of CPR 55.29. This new Rule will effect proceedings that have been stayed under the current Practice Direction, and those brought after 25 June 2020. Essentially, the ongoing proceedings and enforcement actions are further stayed, until 23 August 2020.