ARLA write to Secretary of State for Justice over possessions backlogMake Text Bigger
ARLA Propertymark have written to Robert Buckland QC Secretary of State for Justice voicing concerns over how the massive possessions backlog will be handled when/if the eviction ban is lifted on the 23/08/2020 and is calling for government to urgently develop a “robust and co-ordinated strategy to ensure no one is denied or delayed the right to justice”
Using previous historical government statistics before the national emergency Arla estimates there will be as many as 62,000 possession cases waiting to be heard and this does not include any case increases caused by the lockdown.
Using an average weekly rental figure of £193 the ban could potentially already have cost a landlord £4,149 and if you add the average time from claim to possession in the PRS using English Housing Survey figures of 22.8 weeks the cumulative potential loss increases to £8,549.
ARLA said in their letter to the Secretary of State: “Every week that a landlord must wait to regain possession of their property is a week of lost income particularly affecting private landlords and agents who may be relying on rental income to pay their own mortgages and bills. Within the backlog of possession claims accumulating during the stay on proceedings, private landlords would have needed to wait for possession to be achieved by using a bailiff on over 3,300 occasions.”
“ARLA Propertymark urges the UK Government to promptly move to develop a robust strategy to manage the re-opening of the courts for landlord possession claims and to work with us and our members on an effective strategy to put in place.”
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