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First county court moves to ban evictions before legislation is passed

Evictions specialist Landlord Action reveals first court adjournment announcement in Blackpool ahead of government emergency laws.

Sheila Manchester

Landlord Action has received its first court adjournment from Blackpool County Court for a Section 8 eviction, after the government announced this week it is to ban evictions and introduce three-month mortgage payment holidays for landlords whose tenants are struggling to pay rent due to coronavirus.

A statement from the county court says all new eviction proceedings will now be adjourned until June.

Action taken by Blackpool County Court is likely to be followed by other county courts handling Section 8 evictions, despite the fact that the government has yet to introduce its emergency legislation.

Paul Shamplina (pictured, above), founder of Landlord Action says “There will be many adjournments, and this was the first that came through yesterday from Blackpool County Court on a section 8 case.

“We are still awaiting the government’s decision as to when possession claims have to be stopped at court for a three-month period. But it wouldn’t surprise me if the courts soon shut down for a period of time.  We are in unknown territory. Our advice line at Landlord Action has been extremely busy advising concerned landlords.

“If landlords are experiencing adjournments, they need to provide the court order to their lender so that they can ask or their mortgage payments to be suspended.”

The court said:

(i) There is a public health emergency caused by the Covid 19 pandemic and that it is likely to have economic consequences on the continued occupation of residential dwellings by those who have not or cannot meet the charges associated with occupation;

(ii) That the declared intention of the Government is to pass emergency legislation to prevent evictions of those who rent residential property during the pandemic;

(iii) That the Government has invited lenders to support borrowers by way of mortgage holidays’ in respect of mortgages secured on residential properties;

(iv) That enforcement of any possession orders is unlikely to be in the interests of justice at this stage.

Read more about emergency evictions plan.

March 23, 2020

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