The Government has (on Saturday 28th March 2020 issued this non-statutory guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rented sectors on:

  1. Measures relating to notices seeking possession as amended by the Coronavirus Act 2020
  2. Court action on possession cases during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
  3. Property access and health and safety obligations in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

Download it here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/876500/Consolidated_Landlord_and_Tenant_Guidance_COVID_and_the_PRS_v4.2.pdf

Here is what the document covers

1. Rent, mortgage payments and possession proceedings page 7

1.1 As a tenant, should I stop paying rent during the outbreak? page 7

1.2 What can I do about rent arrears? page7

1.3 Protections for tenants under the Coronavirus Act 2020, in force from 26 March 2020. page 8

1.4 What can I do about mortgage repayments? page 9

1.5 I’m a shared owner, how does this affect me? page 9

1.6 As a landlord, should I stop charging rent during the outbreak? page 9

1.7 Extending the current ‘pre-action protocol’ on possession proceedings to private landlords page 10

1.8 I have a licence to occupy, am I protected by the Coronavirus Act? page 10

1.9 I have lost my job which came with accommodation, and they have told me I have to move out. What rights do I have? page 10

1.10 I’m a property guardian, how do I know if I’ve got a licence or a tenancy? page 11

page 1.11 Do I have to move if my landlord does not have a court order? 11

2. Court action on housing possession cases during the coronavirus outbreak page 12

2.1 What does this mean for landlords and tenants in the private or social rented sectors? page 12

2.2 Who is covered by the suspension of housing possession cases? 12

2.3 Other housing possession cases page 12

2.4 How does the Coronavirus Act 2020 interact with the courts suspending housing possession claims? page 13

3. Property access and health and safety obligations page 14

Tenants 15

3.1 What does this mean for repairs in my home? 15

3.2 What if my boiler breaks, or something else happens which is an urgent risk to my health? page 15

3.3 What about the risk of catching the virus, or if I am symptomatic? page 16

3.4 My landlord wants access to my property to conduct viewings for sale or letting, do I have to let them in? page 16

3.5 What if I have a move planned? page 16

3.6 What should I do if I think I may have the virus? 16page

3.7 Someone in my House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has the virus, is my landlord obliged to remove them or find me another place to stay? page 17

Landlords

3.8 What does the current situation mean for repairs to my property? page 18

3.9 What about my legal obligations to provide regular gas and electrical safety inspections? Will I be prosecuted if I can’t get access because I or my tenants are self-isolating? page 19

3.10 What about the risk of catching the virus? page 20

3.11 What about access to a property to conduct viewings or where a move is scheduled? page 20

3.12 Someone in my House in Multiple Occupation has the virus, am I obliged to remove them or find my tenants another place to stay? page 21

3.13 My property is in an area subject to selective or additional licensing. What is going to happen to it?  page 21

Download it here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/876500/Consolidated_Landlord_and_Tenant_Guidance_COVID_and_the_PRS_v4.2.pdf

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