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Possession hearings to re start as of August 24th.

Possession hearings to re start as of August 24th

Housing minister says new requirements for landlords prior to a possession starting, will protect tenants from unwarranted eviction, despite Labour opposition to scheme.

Housing minister Christopher Pincher (pictured, above) has swept aside calls in parliament to extend the evictions ban and said that new pre-action rules introduced on Friday will be sufficient ahead of possession hearings re-starting on August 24th.

As well as saying he was convinced “we’ve struck the right balance between tenants’ needs and landlords’ rights” Pincher also confirmed that the government does not intend to make Section 21 and Ground 8, Section 8 notice eviction decisions discretionary for magistrates, as Labour and many housing campaigners have been asking for.

Instead, the minister said the new pre-action rules, which require landlords and letting agents to check whether COVID has been a financial or medical factor in non-payment of rent prior to a hearing, would be a sufficient barrier to prevent a cliff edge of evictions.

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