Coronavirus – update from Advice Services

The ongoing pandemic has left many people concerned about their housing. The Government introduced some changes which gave people some temporary protection from eviction, but these measures have now ended.

BHT Advice Services in Brighton, Eastbourne & Hastings are open and continue to provide specialist advice services in housing and asylum/immigration matters. We are providing advice by telephone, email and other remote media. We are still able to see those clients who do not have access to advice by telephone or other media face to face in our Covid secure offices. Our services are funded by the Legal Aid Agency and by Local Authorities, which means there are certain restrictions to the service which you can read about on each area office's webpage. You can contact the relevant office below for further information:

• Brighton Office – 01273 645455, or email [email protected]
• Eastbourne Office - 01323 642615, or email [email protected]
• Hastings Office - 01424 452618, or email [email protected]

For Asylum/Immigration queries please email [email protected]

Possession Hearings

The courts are hearing possession cases.

You may receive letters from the Court giving you a date for a Review or Substantive hearing to consider the claim for possession of your home. If the court has already made a possession order for your home, your landlord may apply for a Warrant of Possession to evict you from your property, if you have accrued 6 months rent arrears or if possession was granted in relation to anti-social behaviour.

If you receive notification from the Court or your Landlord about a hearing date in Court or a date that you need to leave your property and you need advice, you can contact one of our offices on the numbers above. You can make an appointment to speak to one of our staff, or if this is not possible, we can signpost you to other assistance.

The courts are now able to give dates for evictions to take place in possession cases; the temporary ban on this has ended. However, the client can still seek advice as to whether the execution of the warrant can be stopped or put on hold.

Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes

BHT runs the Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes at Brighton, Lewes and Hastings County Courts. These schemes give advice on the day of both review possession hearings by telephone, and substantive possession hearings face to face or phone. Our adviser will be at the county court on the days where substantive hearings are being held face to face. This is emergency advice and free of charge to everyone. We would always recommend that you seek advice at the earliest opportunity but if this is not possible we would strongly advise you to either contact us by phone on the day of the hearing, or attend the county court on the day of the hearing.

You can read more about BHT’s response to coronavirus here.