16:52 PM, 3rd October 2023, About 2 months ago 20
The Government has promised to speed up the court process for landlords who want to evict their tenants as part of the proposed Renters (Reform) Bill.
The bill, which will abolish Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions, was discussed by Housing Minister Rachel Maclean at a Conservative Party conference event.
The event, hosted by the think tank Bright Blue and sponsored by the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA), was attended by landlords and housing experts who raised concerns about the impact of the bill on the rental market.
The NRLA argued that the current court system was too slow and inefficient to deal with possession cases, especially when tenants were causing problems such as anti-social behaviour or having ‘extreme’ rent arrears.
The NRLA’s chief executive, Ben Beadle, said: “Without the confidence of knowing that where they have good cause they can regain their property swiftly, the exodus of landlords from the market will continue.
“All this will do is make it even harder for renters to find a place to live.”
He added: “The Minister’s comments are welcome, but they need to be backed up by clear plans setting out actions that will be taken and a timeframe for implementation.
“That must include investment in new staff and greater use of technology to process cases more swiftly.”
According to the NRLA, it takes an average of more than six months for a landlord to repossess a property through the courts, which is ‘too long’ and costly for both landlords and tenants.
The Housing Minister assured the audience that the Government was committed to reforming the court system alongside the bill, so that landlords could have a ‘guarantee’ of faster and fairer evictions when they had a valid reason.
She said that it was ‘very important’ that landlords had confidence in the rental sector and that tenants had security and stability in their homes.
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