A new Practice Direction (PD 55C) is to come into force on 23 August 2020. The Practice Direction is made under r.55.A1 and is said to be a “temporary modification” of Part 55, for an “interim period” commencing on 23 August 2020 and ending on 28 March 2021.
There is to be an amendment to the CPR to set out how possession cases (and proceedings for enforcement by writ or warrant of possession) are to proceed when they resume. Also 10 temporary “Nightingale Courts” will be opened to start to alleviate the pressure on full-time courts.
The ban on hearings to determine evictions of social and privately rented residential accommodation is to last until the end of August.
Today is the start of the registration period for funding to remove non-ACM (Aluminium Composite Material) cladding on buildings. Affected building owners and registered social housing providers have until 31 July to register for the scheme.
Landlords should be aware that from Monday (1 June) the Tenants Fees Act applies to tenancies and licences whenever they were granted.
If you would like to adjourn a trial on medical grounds, Morgan & Another v Egan helpfully summarises the key authorities and approach to such an application
Alistair Cantor represented the successful respondent, a residents’ association, in a High Court appeal against a ‘negative declaration’ in effect confirming that the appellants (a local authority and another party) did not enjoy the benefit of any easements over a private road.
The Court of Appeal has held that the Right to Rent scheme is compatible with Article 14 (read with Article 8) of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). This means it is likely that the Right to Rent scheme will continue for private landlords in its current form.
The new Practice Direction 51Z to the Civil Procedure Rules has been amended to deal, to a certain extent, with case management, trespassers and interim possession orders. Parties can now agree case management directions in possession claims and apply for those directions to be made during the stay period.
Although housing possession cases have to a large degree drawn to a standstill. Some types of housing hearings are still taking place during this period.