Julia Lopez MP has welcomed the introduction of the Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service (HLPAS) across England and Wales from Justice Minister, Lord Bellamy KC.
HLPAS offers free legal advice and representation to individuals facing possession proceedings which could result in the loss of their homes. As of 1 August, individuals who receive a written notice for possession will be eligible to receive this free legal assistance.
The HLPAS will be delivered by housing law experts and provided in two stages. The first stage will involve the provision of legal advice on housing, welfare benefits, and debt issues to individuals facing possession proceedings, with the aim of resolving problems early and avoiding court proceedings where possible. The second stage will provide in-court legal representation during possession hearings for those individuals whose cases cannot be solved out of court.
For more information, please view Lord Bellamy’s letter below or the following government webpage - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/legal-aid-for-possession-proceedings