Practice Direction 55C was brought in last year to ease back into possession proceedings after they were suspended during the pandemic.
PD55C includes the requirement for the landlord to provide a notice about any known effect of coronavirus on the tenant, and this remains until at least 30 June 2022.
As a result, the removal of other parts of PD55C will have little impact in reality for most landlords, as those other parts mostly covered how the court handled listings.
As a reminder, Practice Direction 55C requires the notice about the effect of coronavirus on the tenant and household to be issued with any accelerated possession claim form and within 14 days of a hearing (for example, a section 8 rent arrears hearing). A sample notice is available for subscribers in the court forms guidance pages.
It’s also been reported that bailiff evictions will again be suspended over the Christmas period from 13 December 2021 to 10 January 2022 although according to the NearlyLegal blog, the method of suspension may be unlawful.