COVID-19 and stay of possession proceedings – letter to Master of the Rolls


The PLA and the Property Bar Association (PBA) have jointly written to the Master of the Rolls in connection with the new Practice Direction 51Z, which was made on 26 March 2020 and has the effect of staying all possession proceedings brought under CPR Part 55.  This would not appear limited to the forfeiture moratorium and protections for residential tenants against eviction in the Coronavirus Act 2020, but also include e.g. squatters possession proceedings.  The letter requests urgent clarification of this, as well as an immediate amendment to the Practice Direction.  See the PLA and PBA’s joint letter here.