Blog by Gary Lawrenson, Vice Chair of the PLA

As our Chair, Kerry Glanville, is taking a well-earned break this week, it falls upon me to reach out with a short blog during these exceptional circumstances. I hope you, your household and families across the country and globe are well and adapting aplomb to the new “norm”. We are indeed living in ‘interesting’ times. Property […]

15th Apr 2020 Blogs Read more

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 […]

9th Apr 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more

COVID-19 forfeiture moratorium – Q&As with MHCLG

The PLA’s Law Reform Committee has put to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) a number of questions and points requiring clarification regarding the protection of business tenancies from forfeiture for non-payment of rent in the Coronavirus Act 2020. This includes what payments and leases are covered by the moratorium, whether parties […]

1st Apr 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more

First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) Guidance for Users During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The FTT is publishing guidance for users during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Both the Southern and London office are now closed and although the other three centres in Cambridge, Birmingham and Manchester are still open, they are working with reduced capacity.  Parties are asked only to correspond with the Tribunal if absolutely necessary.  If offices are […]

26th Mar 2020 Law Reform Committee Read more