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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