On 24 August 2020, after a five month ban on evictions, courts are planning to reopen. The ban was introduced by the Government to protect renters during the COVID-19 crisis.
If tenants are concerned they are going to be evicted then they need to contact Housing.Advice@Southampton.gov.uk for advice and assistance.
Landlords seeking possession of rented accommodation will need to be aware of strict new Civil Procedure Rules the Government has brought in. The main changes are that landlords will need to confirm whether they wish to make a claim or continue with an existing claim for possession. This can only be achieved by completing and issuing a ‘reactivation’ notice that must be sent to the court and to the tenant.
Landlords will be required to set out their claim to include any relevant information about their tenant’s circumstances and must include information on the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their tenant. Landlords are advised to check Government websites or seek their own independent legal advice.