Landlords must disclose whether tenants they are trying to evict are affected by coronavirus – or the case can be dismissed out of court
- The government is imposing new restrictions on landlords who are taking back properties
- Landlords must provide additional information as part of their claims in court
- Landlords must indicate whether a tenant is affected by coronavirus
- Judges can stay legal proceedings if information is not provided
Landlords hoping to get rid of tenants who haven't paid their rent when the current eviction ban ends on Aug 23, will face new restrictions if they want to evacuate.
Once the eviction ban is lifted, landlords can re-initiate legal proceedings against renters – something that was put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.
However, new measures tacitly announced by the government last month mean that the process of obtaining property through the courts will not be the same as it was before the pandemic.
Landlords are required to provide information about how coronavirus has affected a renter's circumstances
The government has stated that landlords will have to go through additional processes if they want to evacuate a tenant.
This includes having to include relevant information in their claim about how a renter's circumstances have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic – and a judge can stay the proceedings if the information is not provided.
The new procedures will come into effect after the current eviction ban ends on August 23.
The ban was introduced at the beginning of the lockdown to protect tenants from eviction during the pandemic.
It was initially introduced for three months and then extended for a further two months.
Timothy Douglas of ARLA propertymark – the rental agent trading organization – said he was concerned about how home ownership cases would be handled once the eviction ban ends.
He said, “It is important that the government has a coordinated strategy that prioritizes the most serious cases and informs the sector of the changes and actions taken by landlords and agents.
“This is important because when the courts reopen there will be a backlog of cases and it will take longer for them to move forward. It becomes all the more important that landlords and brokers follow the new procedures in full. & # 39;
ARLA propertymark added that the government must try to help those with rent arrears due to coronavirus.
Mr Douglas added, "It is important that we return to normal and that both landlords and tenants have access to the justice system, especially in cases where tenants are antisocial or have rent arrears prior to the pandemic."
The judges can suspend the trial if the information is not provided
Separately, another association – the National Residential Landlords Association – is demanding more financial support for tenants from the government.
Ben Beadle, chairman of the National Residential Landlords Association, said, “If the courts are going to hear cases again, it is important that they deal quickly with the most serious cases, including those where tenants are guilty of antisocial behavior or where there are longstanding arrears in rent that do nothing to do with the pandemic.
"To provide security to tenants and landlords who have been badly hit during the lockdown, we are calling on the government to introduce a tenant loan program to help make up for arrears caused by the coronavirus."