29th November 2021
Practice Direction 55C was inserted into the Civil Procedure Rules in 2020 as a temporary provision to confirm how the courts would deal with possession claims in light of the pandemic.
On 3 November 2021, the Master of Rolls announced provisions for the coming to an end of Covid-related temporary arrangements. The following amendments have therefore now been incorporated into PD 55C with effect from tomorrow – 30 November 2021:
It is to be hoped that these measures, which mark the beginning of a return to business as usual for possession proceedings, will begin to speed-up the time it takes for possession claims to come before the courts.
Residential landlords/lenders should, however, exercise real caution and take specialist advice when it comes to the timing and service of notices and possession proceedings, as any procedural error at this stage could invalidate the claim.