Housing in the COVID19 era

Timeline of events:

23 January 2020 – Public Health Matters, the official blog of Public Health England, publishes Coronavirus (COVID-19) – what you need to know – (updated regularly since) – https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

03 March 2020 – General guidance issued on Covid-19 – (updated regularly since) https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

16 March 2020 – First guidance for hostel or day centre providers of services for people experiencing rough sleeping – since replaced by holding statement – see 25 March 2020

17 March 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) update from the Lord Chief Justice – https://www.judiciary.uk/announcements/coronavirus-update-from-the-lord-chief-justice/

17 March 2020 – MHCLG announcement of emergency support for rough sleepers – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/3-2-million-emergency-support-for-rough-sleepers-during-coronavirus-outbreak

18 March 2020 – Press release: Complete ban on evictions and additional protection for renters – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/complete-ban-on-evictions-and-additional-protection-for-renters

19 March 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Message from the Lord Chief Justice to judges in the Civil and Family Courts – https://www.judiciary.uk/announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-message-from-the-lord-chief-justice-to-judges-in-the-civil-and-family-courts/

19 March 2020 – COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-ethical-framework-for-adult-social-care

19 March 2020 – £2.9 billion funding to strengthen care for the vulnerable – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/2-9-billion-funding-to-strengthen-care-for-the-vulnerable

20  March 2020  – Government directed schools to shut. 

20 March 2020 – Applications to adjourn civil and family hearings because of coronavirus (COVID-19) – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/applications-to-adjourn-civil-and-family-hearings-because-of-coronavirus-covid-19

23 March 2020  – Government imposed a strict national lockdown.

23 March 2020 – guidance for domestic abuse safe accommodation provision – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-domestic-abuse-safe-accommodation-provision/covid-19-guidance-on-isolation-for-domestic-abuse-safe-accommodation-settings

24 March 2020 – Council tax: COVID-19 hardship fund 2020 to 2021 – guidance – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874867/COVID-19_Council_Tax_Hardship_Fund_Guidance.pdf

24 March 2020  – Advice for accommodation providers – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-advice-for-accommodation-providers

24 March 2020 – Letter from Minister Luke Hall MP to hotel CEOs – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/875654/Luke_Hall_MP_-_Letter_to_Hotel_Chief_Executives.pdf

25 March 2020 – Coronavirus Act – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7/contents

Courts and Tribunals –http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7/part/1/crossheading/courts-and-tribunals-use-of-video-and-audio-technology

Local Authority Care and Support – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7/schedule/12

Residential Tenancies – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/7/schedule/29

25 March 2020 –Holding statement about  guidance for hostel or day centre providers of services for people experiencing rough sleeping – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping

26 March 2020 – Letter from Minister Luke Hall MP:

to local authorities concerning rough sleepers – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/876466/Letter_from_Minister_Hall_to_Local_Authorities.pdf

to caravan and park home owners- https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/876547/Letter_from_Minister_Hall_to_Caravan_Park_Owners.pdf

26 March 2020 – Government advice on home moving during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

27 March 2020 – Practice Direction 51Z: Stay of Possession Proceedings, Coronavirus – https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules/part51/practice-direction-51z-stay-of-possession-proceedings,-coronavirus

28 March 2020 – three sets of guidance – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-and-renting-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities

For Landlord and tenants – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/876500/Consolidated_Landlord_and_Tenant_Guidance_COVID_and_the_PRS_v4.2.pdf

For  local authorities – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/876501/Local_authority_rented_property_COVID_enforcement_guidance_v2.2.pdf

Technical guidance on eviction notices – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877744/Technical_Guidance_COVID_19_PRS_v4.pdf

30 March 2020 – an update on the Grenfell Tower site – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/876794/Covid-19_Grenfell_Community_Update_30_March_2020.pdf

01 April 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

01 April 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to the Care Act 2014 – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-changes-to-the-care-act-2014/care-act-easements-guidance-for-local-authorities

02 April 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Energy Performance Certificates – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-energy-performance-certificates

02 April 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/878099/Admission_and_Care_of_Residents_during_COVID-19_Incident_in_a_Care_Home.pdf

06 April 2020 – COVID-19: guidance for supported living and home care – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-supported-living-provision

08 April 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-unpaid-care/guidance-for-those-who-provide-unpaid-care-to-friends-or-family

20 April 2020 – 120th Practice Direction Update to the Civil Procedure Rules – Coronavirus Pandemic related – Amends PD51Z to exclude trespasser claims and IPOs. Permits directions agreed between parties to be considered and makes clear that possession proceedings may be issued albeit they will be immediately stayed. –  https://www.judiciary.uk/announcements/120th-practice-direction-update-to-the-civil-procedure-rules-coronavirus-pandemic-related/

27 April 2020 – Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for social landlords on essential moves – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-social-landlords-on-essential-moves

30 April 2020 – Court of Appeal hears Arkin v Marshall on vires and other issues of PD51Z.  Government and HLPA intervening. Judgment reserved

PD51Z here – https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules/part51/practice-direction-51z-stay-of-possession-proceedings,-coronavirus

HMCTS daily operational summary on courts and tribunals during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hmcts-daily-operational-summary-on-courts-and-tribunals-during-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

HMCTS telephone and video hearings during coronavirus outbreak – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hmcts-telephone-and-video-hearings-during-coronavirus-outbreak

WALES

The gov.wales website very helpfully gathers housing related COVID-19 guidance under one heading here – https://gov.wales/housing-coronavirus

28.04.2020 – Guidance for local authorities in supporting people sleeping rough – Covid-19 outbreak – https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2020-04/guidance-for-local-authorities-in-supporting-people-sleeping-rough-covid-19_0.pdf