Landlords want ‘fast track’ tribunal if Section 21 abolished

Around four in 10 respondents to sector survey call for quicker court process – from serving notice to taking possession.

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Almost four out of 10 landlords (39%) want the government to introduce a fast track housing tribunal if the Section 21 ‘no-fault’ eviction process is abolished, a report reveals.

According to Paragon’s Q2 2019 PRS trends report – which surveys the views and experience of over 200 landlords – 84% of respondents said they felt the maximum time from serving notice to taking possession should be no longer than eight weeks.

“Some of the main concerns for landlords around a move to the Section 8 eviction process relate to the efficacy of the existing court process,” said John Heron, director of mortgages, Paragon.

“What we see here is widespread support for a fast track housing tribunal that can deliver a fair and timely solution for both landlords and tenants.”

The government announced its intention to abolish Section 21 in April this year.

In its place, the government proposes that landlords should follow the Section 8 process, which requires them to demonstrate that tenants are in breach of their rental agreement when serving notice.

According to the MHCLG’s recent English Private Landlord Survey, the vast majority of tenancies end at the tenant’s request.

Paragon’s survey comes ahead of a government consultation this summer, designed to gather views on how best to make the existing Section 8 process work more effectively.

Alongside a fast track tribunal, almost one quarter of landlords in Paragon’s survey (24%) called for a shorter court process, one in seven (15%) would like a guaranteed way to cover their costs, and 7% argued for the ability to submit evidence online.

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