RLA: Courts are ‘failing’ landlords and tenants

Average time taken for a property to be repossessed from the initial claim is over 17 weeks.


Private landlords are waiting longer to repossess properties for legitimate reasons, according to official data published today (9th May).

The Ministry of Justice has reported that the average time for a private landlord to make a claim to the courts to repossess a property to it happening is now 17.3 weeks.

The figures, based on the government’s preferred measure, are said to cover the first quarter of 2019, and show that the process is taking one week longer than the final quarter of 2018.

With ministers pledging to abolish Section 21 ‘no fault’ repossessions, the RLA is arguing that the court processes must first be “fixed” to ensure landlords are not unduly frustrated when wanting to reclaim their property in the face of tenants failing to pay rents.

The RLA is said to be consulting the landlord community on how to ensure the process for repossessing properties can be improved.

David Smith, Policy Director for the RLA said: “The courts are simply unable to cope when landlords seek to repossess property for legitimate reasons.

“Before seeking to scrap Section 21 repossessions Ministers urgently need to give confidence to landlords and tenants that the courts will first be substantially improved to speed up access to justice.

“That means establishing a full and proper housing court.”


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