Wheeler pledges court reforms to support landlords

Announcement comes in wake of government’s decision to abolish section 21 “no explanation” repossessions.

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Government minister Heather Wheeler MP has pledged to make changes to the courts to “speed up” the ability of landlords to repossess properties in legitimate circumstances.

Just last week, (9th May), 24housing reported that the average time for a private landlord to make a claim to the courts to repossess a property to it happening is 17.3 weeks.

Now, the minister has acknowledged that landlords who experience the eviction process via the courts often find it “unduly slow and complex”.

She pledged that “changes in the law, the court process, and resourcing will need to go hand in glove with tenancy reform, to meet these concerns”.

“The vast majority of landlords provide their tenants with a decent home and good quality service, only few landlords evict good tenants without a sound reason,” Wheeler added.

Speaking to the Resident Landlord Association (RLA), Wheeler said she is looking forward to working closely with the RLA to ensure the government’s changes to the sector are “got right”.

David Smith, policy director for the RLA, said: “The minister’s comments are welcome. As the RLA has long argued, landlords are left frustrated at almost every stage where they want to repossess property through the courts.

“This makes it harder to address the problem of bad tenants including those committing anti-social behaviour who cause misery for their neighbours.”

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