Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
I realise there was a three months ban on applications for evictions from 23rd March…but what is the current status of S21/S8 claims made BEFORE this date?
I has the first hearing of both a S21 & S8 claim on 20th March, and directions issued after stated as that we were now in official lockdown, that a telephone hearing would be required. We have not heard anything from the court since.
I thought that all claims made/in progress before the 23rd March were supposed to be heard (if necessary) during the three month period up to 23rd June, precisely so that the courts did not start back with an existing backlog. Surely there can be no legal justification therefore as to why my telephone hearing has not taken place yet?
Despite the lockdown surely there is a timescale the Courts HAVE to abide by for continuance of an already started claim? I am aware that an eviction date cannot be granted at this stage (and probably for some time), but at least a decision can be made on my claim – that it has been brought rightfully and ergo it is upheld? The crux of the issue with the tenant is not actually rent arrears, but more importantly the damage she has caused (neglect and wilful damage) and is still causing to the property. The longer she stays there the more it is going to take for us to put it right (current arrears 1k, estimation of damage to date 10-12k)
Am I just going to find my existing eviction request at the bottom of the pile once the floodgates open again at the end of June with all new claims, or do the courts have to prioritise? Are there any regulations that the Courts have to abide by when I bring a claim in terms of a timescale for a decision??
Frustrated! (and I know I am not the only one)
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