Evictions: Coronavirus

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 8th July 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Labour, Denton and Reddish

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a moratorium on evictions in areas where local covid-19 lockdowns are in force from 24 August 2020.

Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Lifting the suspension on possession cases in the county court from 24 August is an important step towards ending the lockdown.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is working closely with the Ministry of Justice and the judiciary on arrangements, including new rules, to ensure that when the courts re-open they are better able to address the need for appropriate protection of all parties.

In the event of any local lockdown, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service would follow Public Health England and government guidance issued at the time. The listing of cases remains a judicial function and as such listing arrangements would be led by the local judiciary.

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