Understanding the possession action process: guidance for landlords and tenants

Guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rented sectors to explain the possession action process in the county courts in England and Wales.



This guidance is to help private landlords to understand their rights and responsibilities when they need to take possession of their property through the county court by explaining how the possession action process works. It will also help social landlords understand the new arrangements which will be in place when the stay on possessions ends.

It will assist tenants who have been served with a notice requiring or seeking possession and provides detailed information about each stage of the possession action process where the landlord makes a possession claim to the county court.

The guides also contain advice to help tenants and private landlords to resolve common disputes in tenancies, such as rent arrears and anti-social behaviour, without the matter needing to go to court.

Each of these guides includes advice on the new arrangements in the county court that will be introduced once possession cases resume on 21 September 2020. These new arrangements assist landlords and tenants whose circumstances have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and help to manage the flow of new and outstanding cases in the courts.

Published 17 September 2020
Last updated 27 November 2020 + show all updates
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