The ban on evictions has been extended to the 20th September.
The government has extended the ban on evictions for another 4 weeks until the 20th September. This is good news for tenants and those that own their home but it is not the end it is just a reprieve.
We would strongly advise anyone who has:
- been given a notice to leave their home,
- been verbally told to leave their home, or
- been sent letters from their landlord or mortgage provider informing them of their intention to take possession action,
Please do not leave this until the courts do re-open, this could be the opportunity you need to save your home.
As the temporary government ban on evictions comes to an end this Sunday 23 August, BHT is urging anyone facing eviction to get professional advice as soon as possible. Our advice centres in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings offer free, independent, high quality housing advice and last year prevented 927 households from losing their homes.
BHT’s advice centres have continued to operate throughout the pandemic, offering support on a range of housing, immigration and welfare benefits related issues. Whilst current safety precautions mean that their offices are not open for drop-in appointments, we are providing our usual advice by telephone, email and other media. As these services are funded by the Legal Aid Agency and by Local Authorities there are certain eligibility restrictions which can be found on each area webpage.
From the 24th August 2020 courts will start to deal with possession cases again. For those who have not managed to get advice ahead of a hearing, BHT runs Court Duty Schemes at the Brighton, Lewes and Hastings County Courts, which can give advice on the day of a possession hearing. This is emergency advice and free of charge to everyone.
Suzanne Hennell, BHT’s Senior Advice Manager, said:
Following the lifting of the ban, the potential for a surge in evictions is obviously worrying. However, given the backlog of cases and the length of time it takes to secure a Court date, in most cases people still have time to get legal advice and representation in order to protect their homes. Our advice to anyone who may be facing eviction is to seek professional advice as soon as they can.
The contact details of BHT’s solicitors and advisors can be found here. For more information you can also email [email protected]
If you would like to support the work of our Advice Centres at this crucial time, you can sponsor our advisors taking part in the annual Brighton Legal Walk, which raises funds for BHT, Citizens Advice Brighton & Hove, Possability People and Money Advice Plus. You can find out more about the Brighton Legal walk and how to sponsor us here.