Government urged to take action on repossessions ban

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) and Landlord Action are jointly urging the Government to consider the impact of the five-month ban on repossessions, which is currently due to end on 23 August 2020.

The two landlord bodies are asking landlords to lobby their MPs, to highlight the impact that the ban is having on them, as well as the need to prioritise urgent cases once the court begins to hear them again.

Landlord Action state that there are 500 live cases from before the lockdown measures were introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the courts closing as a result.

The repossessions ban stops landlords from taking quick action on tenants committing anti-social behaviour, with the landlord bodies stating that in houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs), this can cause significant issues for other tenants in the property.

In a joint statement, Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the NRLA, and Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action, said: “In the vast majority of cases landlords and tenants are working hard to sustain tenancies wherever possible.

“It is vital, however, that as courts begin to hear repossession cases again, that they prioritise the most urgent. This includes cases of anti-social behaviour, those where rent arrears were building pre-COVID and cases which were started, but then paused, prior to lockdown.

“To support this, landlords have a vital role to play in telling their MPs about the impact the repossessions ban is having as well as highlighting the ways in which they are supporting their tenants through the current crisis.”

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