New Practice Direction on Resumption of Possession Proceedings
New Practice Direction 55C will replace the coronavirus stay of possession proceedings from 24 August 2020. PD 55C contains arrangements for managing the resumption of Part 55 possession proceedings. Notably, there is a requirement for a claimant to file and serve a ‘reactivation notice’ after expiry of the stay if it wishes to resume proceedings. The claimant must also provide the Court with any relevant information about the effect of the pandemic on the defendant (e.g. if the defendant is ‘shielding’, or any change in his/her social security position). Further, the claimant should produce the full arrears history in advance of the hearing.