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Updated Covid-19 guidance for council landlords and tenants 30/07/2020 Labelled as Repairs, Legislation, Tenants

Government have updated guidance for council landlords and tenants in response to the Covid-19 pandemic following changes in lock down rules.


The updated the guidance now reflects the latest advice for clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding) individuals, advising that routine repairs and maintenance may take place in their homes from 1 August 2020.


The latest updated advice also includes the following additions:


  • Advice on the legal remedies available for landlords and tenants when dealing with anti-social behaviour in rented properties during this period.
  • Advice on the abandonment of properties, reiterating that tenants must comply with their tenancy notice requirements if they wish to end their tenancy and advising landlords to ensure they take appropriate steps to repossess their properties legally.
  • Advice that landlords and tenants should consider mediation to resolve disputes where possible in order to avoid matters going to court.
  • Clarification that landlords still have powers available to them through the courts to gain access to their properties where a tenant is not self-isolating or shielding, but persistently refusing to allow them access to the property. 
  • Clarification that individuals are permitted, through the updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations, to move into shared accommodation such as a house in multiple occupation, which may be occupied by other existing tenants.


The latest updated Covid-19 guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities is available on the Government website.


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