I’d like to take this opportunity to notify my constituents of the introduction of the Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service (HLPAS), which has launched across England and Wales.
HLPAS offers free legal advice and representation to individuals facing possession proceedings which could result in the loss of their homes. As of 1st August 2023, 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.
Further information on the support available can be found here: www.gov.uk/guidance/legal-aid-for-possession-proceedings