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Calls for increased court funding before scrapping of Section 21

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Cuts to county courts are pushing landlords into debt as a result of delayed eviction proceedings, according to housing law experts.

 

Most eviction proceedings are dealt with in the county courts. But an increase in cases, and government spending cuts, have meant that evictions are taking longer than ever, with hearing dates frequently cancelled and costly delays for landlords.

Boris Johnson’s new government has renewed its commitment to ending Section 21 no-fault evictions. But many in the industry have expressed concern that scrapping Section 21 will increase pressure on the system, as landlords are forced to use the Section 8 eviction process, which involves a court hearing. Some experts have also called for the creation of specialist courts dedicated to housing matters.

Paul Shamplina, founder of specialist eviction and housing law firm Landlord Action said: “The situation is the worst I have experienced in my 28 years in this industry. Cases are being overlooked, delayed or thrown out due to administrative errors and there is little we can do to improve matters for landlords when we are at the mercy of the courts.”

Said Mr Shamplina, “I do not believe the government has a thorough understanding of the implication that scrapping Section 21 will have on the courts with the extra administration, recruitment of more judges (which is extremely difficult) and requirement for more bailiffs.

“Combined with all the other changes, some landlords will feel that the length of time to gain possession of their property is too great a risk, so may decide to sell up.”

Read more about this story on the Landlord Today website.

If you’re a landlord concerned about financial losses during eviction proceedings, read about Assetgrove’s guaranteed rent scheme. The scheme provides a fixed income and deals with evictions and rent arrears for you.

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