Buy to let landlords filed nearly 6,000 claims to evict tenants in the first three months of the year, according to the latest Ministry of Justice figures.
County courts handle around 65 new cases every day and lawyers are concerned that backlogs will cause financial problems for landlords as strikes and work-to-rules by public sector workers and delays as courts trim lists during the London Olympics. Continue reading Landlords ask courts to evict 65 tenants every day
Regular readers of the Daily mail will no doubt have a healthy disregard for “human rights” or “yuman rites” as dubbed by their esteemed columnist Richard Littlejohn.
As a regular reader of the Property 118 blogs, I notice that there have been two recent columns relating to the impact of “human rights” on evictions of tenants in the private rented sector. Continue reading Impact of Human Rights on Evictions
I recently had a long online discussion with Mary Latham, in which we both tried to get to the bottom of the legal stuff around whether or not a managing agent is allowed to sign a Section 21 notice.
We didn’t end up with a definitive conclusion. I will write a separate piece on my thoughts on the legal stuff in a while but I wanted to write about something that came up as an adjunct to what we were talking about. Whether people in my line of work, who defend possession actions brought by landlords, will always try to buy time for the tenant in the face of all reasonableness. Continue reading Don’t Shoot the Messenger #10
Imagine the scenario. You are being threatened or assaulted in the street, your home has been burgled, your car has been stolen. Who ya gonna call? The cops of course, because they know their stuff, act appropriately and sort it out for you right? They ARE the law.
But what happens when the actions of the Police in assisting you actually puts you in the dock with criminal allegations being made against you? What do you do when you follow the advice of the law professionals and find yourself in court? Continue reading Don’t Shoot the Messenger #9 – How the Police can land you in hot water
Squatters are losing the right to claim legal aid to fight landlords and other property owners in court.
A clause in the new Sentencing, Legal Aid and Punishment of Offenders Bill will shut the door on squatters who combat efforts to evict them with free legal advice as the public purse foots the bill. Landlords and property owners will still have to pay their own legal costs. Continue reading Squatters to lose free court help to fight evictions
This is the ninth in a series of 10 articles written by specialist landlord & tenant solicitor Tessa Shepperson, founder of the online Landlord Law Service.
What do you do if your tenant won’t leave when their section 21 notice expires?
As you no doubt know, section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 is the section which sets out the procedure under which landlords can evict their tenants at the end of the fixed term, even if the tenants have done nothing wrong. Continue reading What do you do if your tenant won’t leave when their section 21 notice expires?