RLA: Failing courts need ‘urgent reform’

Average time taken to make a property repossession claim is now over 22 weeks.

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New statistics show that it now takes private landlords an average of 22.5 weeks from making a claim to the courts for a property to be repossessed to it actually happening.

The figures, released by the Ministry of Justice, are up from reports released at the beginning of the year that showed an average time of 21.6 weeks.

With ministers pledging to abolish Section 21 ‘no fault’ repossessions, the RLA (Residential Landlords Association) is arguing that the courts are “unable to cope” when landlords seek to repossess properties for legitimate reasons.

“With proposals to scrap Section 21 repossessions set to lead to a significant increase in cases brought to the courts, it is now a matter of urgency that the government brings forward its plans for court reform,” said RLA policy manager John Stewart.

“This requires a fully funded, properly staffed, dedicated housing court that can bring rapid justice for landlords and tenants.

“Tinkering with the existing system will not be good enough,” Stewart added.

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