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A 5,000-signature petition demanding changes in the law to speed up the eviction of problem tenants from buy to let rental properties has been handed in to Downing Street.
Mike Weatherley, Tory MP for Hove and Portslade is leading the protesters, consisting of 14 landlord businesses and representative groups, including the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).
The petition calls for:
- Streamlining the law to let landlords evict tenants who have not paid rent or behave antisocially
- New laws to let landlords possess properties with problem tenants quicker than current laws
- Better rules for letting landlords access homes rented to tenants
- The government proposals to close more than 50 county courts will not slow down the eviction process.
RLA chairman Alan Ward said: “Landlords depend on the County Courts to dispense justice when tenants fail to pay the rent.
60% of RLA helpline calls relate to problem tenants
“If these courts are closed, we call on the Secretary of State for Justice to ensure that landlords and tenants are not disadvantaged by delays in the court system.”
The RLA adds that six out of every 10 helpline calls from landlords relate to problems with taking possession of property.
If the case goes to a county court, a court hearing date should be listed within six weeks of application – but many are too busy to comply and the RLA fears that closing Courts will only add more delays to the process.”If the current system that takes too long remains, Courts will be overwhelmed and landlords will lose out even more. Local housing authorities, who are trying to house more people with private landlords, will find that more difficult too,” said the RLA.
Mr Weatherley said: “I support this sensible plan to balance the rights of landlords and tenants.”
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