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10 June, 2020 Open access

New regulations issued to provide for extension of stay on eviction proceeding until 23 August 2020

Temporary suspension introduced by Practice Direction 51Z extended and incorporated into Civil Procedure Rules

New regulations have been issued that provide for an extension of the current stay on eviction proceedings.

In force from 25 June 2020, the Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020 (SI.No.582/2020) amend the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (SI.No.3132/1998) to insert a new, temporary Rule 55.29, that provides that possession proceedings and enforcement proceedings by way of writ and warrant for possession are stayed until 23 August 2020.

NB - the new rule in effect extends the stay on such proceedings introduced on a pilot basis on 27 March 2020 by Practice Direction 51Z, that was made in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to protect renters and home owners.

In addition, the new rule -

SI.No.582/2020 is available from legislation.gov.uk

Stop press (12 June 2020) - The Master of the Rolls and the Lord Chancellor have signed an Amending Practice Direction which amends Practice Direction 51Z to clarify that, during the stay on possession proceedings during the coronavirus pandemic, courts are not required to give any notice to parties; time does not run (in relation to time limits) during the stay; and the Practice Direction ceases to have effect on 25 June 2020 when the new Civil Procedure (Amendment No.2) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020 come into effect.