The government’s decision to suspend all ongoing housing possession actions, which means that neither cases currently in the or any about to go in the system can progress to the stage where someone could be evicted, has been welcomed by ARLA Propertymark.
This suspension of housing possessions action will initially last for 90 days, but this can be extended if needed.
This measure is designed to protect all private and social renters, as well as those with mortgages and those with licenses covered by the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. This will apply to both England and Wales.
David Cox, chief executive of the letting industry trade body, said: “However difficult it may be, this is the right decision in light of the current circumstances. Yet evictions will not be required if we can keep the rent flowing.
“The latest advice is that people stay put, and as long as the Government helps tenants pay their rent, there will not be a large build-up of debt from rent arrears, meaning there will be no logical reason why a landlord would start eviction proceedings.”