Landlord Repossession Cases To Speed Up
The government has vowed to ensure that the court system for landlord repossession cases with valid reasons to evict tenants, will be speeded up under the Renters Bill.
The highly contentious bill which will scrap Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions, was included in Housing Minister Rachel Maclean’s discussions in a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference.
The event was sponsored by a trade body was hosted by a liberal conservative think tank and attendees were made up of landlords and housing experts who raised concerns of the impact of the bill on the rental sector with Rachel Maclean.
The sponsors strongly condemned the existing court process was far too laboured and unable to properly handle landlord repossession cases of tenants owing thousands of pounds in rent, or were guilty of continual anti-social behaviour.
The trade body’s spokesperson, 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.”
The spokesperson 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.”
The trade body told the minister that landlords’ re-possessions on average takes more than six months before completion through the courts and costs landlords thousands in lost rents and fees because of the long drawn out period.
Housing minister Rachel Maclean promised the attendees that the current court system will be upgraded by the government to deliver a much speedier and efficient eviction service.
She stated it was so ‘very important’ that landlords should remain confident in the private rental sector and that tenants should also have stability and security in their homes.
The Renters (Reform) Bill’s Second Reading will according to Michael Gove go ahead after the Parties’ Conferences.