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Government has released details on how the Housing Possession Mediation Service will work.
Introduced as part of the measures to ban evictions during the worst of Covid-19, the mediation service is free to use and aims to "resolve cases without the need for a face to face court hearing."
Among the details, MHCLG sets out when meditation is offered, how it works, how to get the most from mediation and what happens after the agreement.
Setting out how the mediation will work, the guidance says: "Mediation can be less stressful and expensive for you than going to a full hearing, where additional fees and expenses will apply.
"It can also be quicker than a full court hearing. The Society of Mediators aims to conduct mediation remotely within 10 days of referral. If mediation is successful, the court will then be informed and the case closed. While mediation may help you avoid a full court hearing, it will not delay your ongoing court process. You must continue to comply with all court directions.
"The session is confidential. If both parties cannot agree to a solution at mediation, your case will continue to a full hearing. The court will not be told any of the mediation details."
Also announced by MHCLG today is guide on the possession action process.
The current deadline for reactivating claims made before Monday 3 August 2020 is 4pm on Friday 30 April 2021. If a reactivation notice is not sent to the court and the other party before this time, the claim will be automatically stayed.
You can see full details here.