14:36 PM, 26th November 2010, About 12 years ago 4
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:
RLA chairman Alan Ward said: “Landlords depend on the County Courts to dispense justice when tenants fail to pay the rent.
“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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