The latest Government guidance is as follows :-


Landlords are not obliged to provide alternative accommodation for tenants if others in the property contract the virus.


Statutory repairing obligations have not changed.  Where reasonable and safe to do so, tenants should continue to give access to landlords or contractors to inspect or carry out urgent remedial works.

Rent Arrears

Tenants should continue to pay rent.  If the public health situation affects their ability to pay rent, it is important to have an early conversation with the landlord.  Landlords are encouraged to be flexible and to agree a sensible way forward.

Possession Proceedings / Warrants of Possession

Please note that the Court Rules have been amended so that all proceedings seeking to enforce an Order for Possession by a Warrant of Possession and/or possession proceedings are stayed for a period of 90 days from 27 March 2020.  It should be noted that claims for injunctive relief are not subject to the stay set out in the Practice Direction.  If urgent possession is required, eg against anti-social tenants or squatters, then injunctions may be able to be obtained to ensure that the stay does not apply.

Should you have any queries regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact Simon Braun on 01582 466163 or by email at