end of residential eviction ban

31 May 2021: End of the residential eviction ban

Over the last year or so, the Government introduced measures to protect tenants who have faced financial hardship as a result of the Covid pandemic. Longer notice periods, a ban on evictions and, for a time, there were no possession hearings at Court. The Government has now announced that, “thanks…


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Online legal services: how can we help you?

If you are looking for a solicitor we can help you. Our solicitors offer a convenient, efficient, and friendly service to clients across the UK. During the pandemic, businesses had to dramatically adapt their way of working and how they provide their services. At Levi Solicitors LLP, we have…


Amirtharaja

Case update: Adverse possession and rights of way

A recent case has considered a claim for adverse possession where those claiming had a right of way over the land. We take a look at the key points in Amirtharaja v White. | Adverse possession Adverse possession is sometimes referred to colloquially as ‘squatters’ rights’. It is where someone can…


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Government proposals to increase court fees

In March 2021, the Ministry of Justice started a consultation on raising various court fees by 8%. If the proposals are approved, this will be the first court fee increase for five years. At the same time, they are considering changing the threshold for receiving help with court fees. This could…


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Further extension on ban on evictions: Update for residential landlords

Throughout the last year, the Government has introduced various measures to protect those tenants struggling financially as a result of the pandemic. As the year has gone on, those rules have changed and dates have been moved. On 10 March 2021, the Government announced further extensions, including…


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Just launched: Housing Possession Mediation Pilot Scheme

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Government has paused possession claims going through the Courts, leading to a big backlog of claims. This has left some landlords with tenants in increasing arrears; and conversely some tenants struggling to make their monthly rent, whose landlords are not…


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Eviction ban exemption for tenants with substantial arrears

*Updated 15 February 2021* With England still in lockdown for the next few weeks at least, the Government announced that the ban on evictions of residential tenants would be extended until 31 March 2021. Of course, the Government will want to protect tenants struggling financially as a result of…


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Major works: dispensation from s20 consultation

If the owner of a block of flats (we’ll call them the landlord) wants to carry out ‘major works’, they have to first consult the owners of the flats (the leaseholders). This process can take months, so what happens when urgent major works need to be carried out? For example, works to…


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Why use a solicitor?

On 14 October, we joined the Law Society on Twitter to discuss the benefits and value that clients can receive from instructing a solicitor, rather than choosing to deal with the issue on their own. If you were not able to follow the chat, here is how Gemma Horner answered the questions. 1. What…


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Neighbour disputes: Our top tips

With everyone spending more time at home this year, we have seen an increase in enquiries from people who are having issues with their neighbours. In particular, we have seen an increase in boundary disputes, right of way issues, nuisance claims and harassment claims. We ask Ed Smith, a Partner in…