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‘Tenants could lose access to duty solicitors in eviction cases’

Vulnerable tenants could be evicted without help from a duty solicitor under county court plans to resume housing possession cases next month. Howells are the only firm of solicitors in South Yorkshire who have a contract with the government to obtain legal aid for those threatened with eviction.

All housing possession proceedings were suspended in March 2020 for 90 days to protect private and social renters and those with mortgages.

The suspension is due to be lifted on 25 June 2020. The courts are looking at how ongoing and new cases could be heard from 29 June 2020.

It is thought most possession hearings are now likely to take place remotely e.g. by Skype or telephone until the autumn.

With parties and representatives not being physically present at court, tenants and those struggling to pay their mortgage will be unable to see a duty solicitor at court who prior to the lock-down could provide last ditch representation for those facing eviction.

With that service at risk of being removed it has never therefore been more important for those threatened with eviction to take advice as soon as they can and well before the court hearing so that they can arrange for a solicitor of their own to represent them at the remote court hearing dealt with by telephone or Skype.

If this affects you, please get in contact on 0114 2496666, or email our new enquiry team at [email protected]


Information for People Affected by Dementia during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.

The symptoms in most victims has reported to be mild, featuring a high temperature and a persistent cough. Some people will also have difficulty with breathing, causing a shortness of breath.

Older people, and those with a long-term health conditions or weakened immune system, are more likely to get worse symptoms.

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What exactly does it mean to be placed on ‘Furlough’?

The Government has introduced a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which is a temporary scheme open to all UK employers that have been placed on furlough as an alternative to making them redundant and will cover at, and will cover least three months starting from 1st of March 2020.

Employers can use a portal, which is to be set up by HMRC but which is not yet live, to claim for 80% of the usual monthly wage costs including the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.  The employee is placed on leave and may not work for the employer.

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Conveyancing Transactions During the Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak

Howells are pleased to confirm that the Government has now produced guidance on the impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak on the Conveyancing market and process. The full text of the guidance from the Government can be found here.

We appreciate that it can be a minefield trying to get your head around such guidance at this time,  so we have summarised the guidance as follows:

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