Possession timescales at 22.6 week average

by Property 118

13:30 PM, 14th November 2019
About 4 weeks ago

Possession timescales at 22.6 week average

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Possession timescales at 22.6 week average

New figures showing that landlords face a growing amount of time in getting judgement on repossession cases from the courts are boosting calls for the urgent need for dedicated housing courts to be established.

Government statistics published today show that it now takes private landlords an average of 22.6 weeks from making a claim to the courts for a property to be repossessed to it actually happening, up from 22.5 weeks in the second quarter of the year. This is the third quarterly increase in a row.

Responding to this, David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association said: “The courts are failing both landlords and tenants. A systematic programme of court closures, coupled with cuts to the court budgets have made it harder for anyone in the private rented sector to get justice in a timely way where something goes wrong.

“With all parties wanting to develop longer tenancies in the rental market, this will only work if landlords can swiftly and easily repossess properties through the court in legitimate circumstances. A failure to achieve this will make such tenancies a pipe dream. We are calling on all parties in the election to pledge to establish a dedicated housing court that can bring rapid justice for landlords and tenants.”



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David Harris

16:28 PM, 15th November 2019
About 3 weeks ago

Hi, unfortunately I had to issue a section 21 on the 24th July and Norwich County Court gave me possession on the 4th November! As I have maintained a good relationship with my tenants even though they had constantly been in arrears for 18 months, they have moved out without me having to get bailiffs involved. I have been very impressed with the service I received from my local courts.

WP

12:42 PM, 18th November 2019
About 3 weeks ago

when you have a 'good' bad tenant (!) who can act in the right manner when they know they are wrong, it helps. Not having the aggro/time/money costs of a bailiff means you were lucky! I sometimes think the easy cases get done quicker anyway by the courts - they are aware of the backlog.


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