The following Local Government practice note Produced in partnership with Hardwicke Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): During the current pandemic, legislation and changes to practice and procedure in the courts and tribunals have been introduced, which affect the following:
proceedings for possession
forfeiture of business leases on the grounds of non-payment of rent
a landlord's right to exercise Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR) and enforcement agents taking control of goods
service of various notices to recover possession of residential properties
practice and procedure in the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)
insolvency legislation of both a permanent and temporary nature
For further information and guidance, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—implications for property and Coronavirus (COVID-19)—social housing tracker.
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ABCPA 2014) has reformed the tools available for dealing with anti-social behaviour (ASB). The aim was to consolidate remedies and to make the process simpler and more effective. In July 2014 the government issued new statutory guidance 'Reform of anti-social behaviour powers: statutory guidance for frontline professionals’ July 2014. This guidance was updated in August 2019.
The web of powers available to police and local authorities and other agencies to tackle ASB is streamlined to six key remedies:
civil injunctions. See below: Anti-social behaviour—powers to control behaviour under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014—Part 1 Civil Injunctions
criminal behaviour orders. See below: Anti-social behaviour—powers to control behaviour under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime
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