Coronavirus – update from Advice Services

The current coronavirus emergency has left many people concerned about their housing. The Government introduced some changes which gave many people some additional temporary protection from eviction, but this has now come to an end.

BHT Advice Services in Brighton, Eastbourne & Hastings are open and continue to provide specialist advice services in housing and asylum/immigration matters. Whilst our offices are not open to the public we are providing advice by telephone, email and other media. Our services are funded by the Legal Aid Agency and by Local Authorities and this means there are certain restrictions to the service which you can read about on each area webpage. For housing queries please contact the relevant office below:

• 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

Please note that following the temporary suspension of possession hearings, the Courts are now dealing with possession cases again.

You may now 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 will be able to apply for a Warrant of Possession to evict you from the property.

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.

Housing Possession Court Duty Schemes

BHT runs the Housing Possession 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. We would always recommend that you seek advice at the earliest opportunity but if this is not possible we would strongly advise you to attend the hearing and seek advice from one of the BHT duty staff members.

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