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COVID-19 & the Stay on Possession Proceedings: An Update for Residential Landlords

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If you are a landlord and have outstanding possession proceedings which were subject to the stay under Practice Direction 51Z and CPR 55.29 (‘the stay’) you may be wondering what comes next following expiry of the stay on 20 September 2020. This briefing note details how landlords can reinstate their possession claims and what requirements you need to comply with.

The Job Support Scheme

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The Government has introduced a new scheme (the Job Support Scheme) to replace the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which ends on 31 October 2020. The Job Support Scheme is designed to assist businesses that are facing decreased demand due to the circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Homeworking Health & Safety

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The government has advised all employees to work from home unless it is not possible to do so. As a result, many businesses’ entire workforce is now based at home. The drastic change to working practices throws up a number of challenges. In this note, we focus on the health & safety implications.

Covid-19 and current attempts to end contracts early

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The global coronavirus pandemic is going to make it difficult or impossible for franchisors and franchisees in a wide range of circumstances to fulfil their contractual obligations. It is likely that many such parties will seek to argue that they should be released from those obligations by virtue of a force majeure clause or under the doctrine of frustration.

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