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Can a person be evicted for not paying rent?

New rules have been introduced by the Government that freeze repossession proceedings and evictions to ensure that tenants struggling to cover their rent are protected. 

These changes have been active since 27 March 2020 and will last for 90 days.

The measure covers all private and social renters, as well as those with mortgages who face repossession by a lender. 

To clarify the rules the Government has released additional guidance which confirms that: 

  • There is a current backstop for the relevant direction so that it ceases to have any effect on 30 October 2020.
  • The delay imposed on possession proceedings does not apply to claims against trespassers.
  • Parties can make applications for case management directions, where both parties agree on them.

The delay does not prevent the issuing of claims and only prevents the progress of them via the courts.