Evictions – court costs increasing

Written by RLA

Court fees for possession of rented properties are to increase. Proposals from the Ministry of Justice are to be implemented on 22 April 2014, and private landlords will foot the bill.

Court fees for eviction procedures will go up from £175 to £280 while possession claims will rise to £250

A consultation was conducted over Christmas and the New Year and in some instances prices are set to increase by up to 150 per cent. Landlords have been told that they will be able to recoup losses from tenants, but with tenants struggling to pay rents, landlords  are not confident of getting court fees on top.

The Ministry of Justice’s document “Court fees: Proposals for reform” explains the changes. A full list of the increases can be found in Annex A.

Under the current regime, the government funds a deficit of £125 million of court fees.

Evicting tenants is an unfortunate situation for landlords to be in and already complicated enough that unwitting landlords may fill in a section 21 (for example) court document only to find it is not the most up to date version and must restart the process.

The news comes in the middle of a debate between charities and landlords regarding the role of ‘retaliatory evictions’. Homelessness charity Shelter claim that landlords are carrying out ‘retaliatory’ evictions to hundreds of thousands of private rented sector (PRS) tenants.

The RLA runs training  for possession claims and  using the county court. More information.

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  • Typical of this government. We usually evict tenants because they are not paying rent, We have to then go to court to get a possession order because they havent left when they should have, They usually dont pay a penny in rent or costs for the damage theyve done and have no tangible assets, What chance have we got of getting these court costs back. norfolk and chance!

  • why do you think the goverment stoped paying lanlords direct
    because they knew they would not pay the rent to the lanlords.
    so the landlords evict and it has gone up it use to be £175 Now its over £200 and that money goes to the goverment.
    win win win for the Goverment
    lose lose lose for landlords

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