FOI request to Scottish courts shows eviction takes 312 days!Make Text Bigger
Is this what landlords in the rest of the UK have to look forward to post the ban on Section 21?
In 2017 all rent and repair issues in private sector housing were moved to a new Housing and Property Chamber Tribunal and since then the information returned by the FOI requests shows that on average it now takes 312 to evict a tenant in Scotland.
Adrian Sangster, National Lettings Director for Aberdein Considine, said: “By creating this increasingly hostile investment market for landlords, governments risk driving investors away, and by default cutting the availability of properties for let and driving up average rents.”
The total figure of 312 days is broken down by:
- Average time to decide on an eviction application 141 days.
- The eviction process can only begin after a tenant has accrued three months of rent arrears.
- Tenants must receive a 28-day notice period added to the time taken for the tribunal’s decision to be published
- Potential 30-day appeal period
- 14 days for a charge for removal
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