We know our local landlords are going through a challenging time and we are here to help you.
Our experienced Landlord advisors in Chesterfield, Sheffield and Mansfield combine their knowledge of this specialised area of law with practical advice on the effects that Coronavirus has had.
Our offices are now open for appointments, however we can still provide appointments over the phone should you prefer. Our team are here to help you find both a practical and legal resolution to any issues as swiftly as possible.
The stay on pocession proceedings ended on 20th September 2020, which means that claims can now be progressed by the Courts again. Please note however, that if you wish to progress with proceedings that you started prior to the 3rd August 2020, you will now have to issue a Reactivation Notice to the tenant before this can happen.
Read about Reactivation Notices here.
How do I fulfil my duties as landlord and adhere to social distancing?
You are still required to fulfil your legal responsibilities as a landlord. Providing and maintaining safe and decent accommodation, providing those certificates demanded by law and abiding by your side of the tenancy agreement.
The Government is encouraging landlords and tenants to take a pragmatic, common-sense approach to non-urgent issues and recommends that access to a property is only proposed for serious and urgent issues.
Landlords are still obliged to provide tenants with all necessary gas and electrical safety and any other relevant certifications required. However, there is a little flexibility with this as well.
There are provisions in both regulations to account for situations in which a landlord cannot fulfill their duties but you must demonstrate that you have taken all of the reasonable steps to comply with the law. and also keep records of your actions.
What can I do if my tenant is in rent arrears due to Coronavirus?
As always, it is sensible to be pro-active in this situation. Contact your tenants to discuss their financial circumstances.
It is important that your tenant understands that any rent that is deferred during this period will still be expected to be paid back later as part of a payment arrangement. You may be able to offer guidance on the different types of support available to them be able to continue payments. Depending on the response that you receive from your tenant you may also consider applying for a mortgage payment holiday.
If needed, there are still legal procedures available to you but the Coronavirus Act 2020 has extended time-frames of notice periods and widened the pre-action protocol for possession claims to encourage more contact and exchange of information between landlords and tenants.