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Landlords’ court fees hiked

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

The Government has increased the fees paid by landlords applying to evict tenants by up to 30%.
In possession claims the fee for issuing proceedings will increase from £280 to £355 – a 27% hike.
And for possession claims lodged online through the PCOL system the fee will increase from £250 to £325, a 30% increase.

The Government has increased the fees paid by landlords applying to evict tenants by up to 30%.

In possession claims the fee for issuing proceedings will increase from £280 to £355 – a 27% hike.

And for possession claims lodged online through the PCOL system the fee will increase from £250 to £325, a 30% increase.

The new charges are being brought in under the Civil Proceedings and Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2016 which came into force on Monday, with the Ministry of Justice justifying the increase, claiming that the higher fees will help reduce the burden of the courts on the taxpayer.

Alan Ward, Chairman of the RLA said: “The increases are completely unreasonable given the slow service from the Courts.

“A landlord seeking possession for rent arrears can currently lose four to six months’ rent before getting the property back. The Courts are exploiting a monopolistic situation which only makes matters worse for landlords.”

The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has also issued a practice note this week,  following complaints that High Court Sheriffs have been promising two day turnarounds and guaranteed evictions of tenants through the use of a N293A form.

This form is for use with trespassers rather than tenants, with the note, issued on Monday, confirming that the practice is wrong, the courts will not accept the form for anything other trespassers in future and that the form itself will be amended to make that clear.

For details on the correct procedure for accelerated possession using High Court Enforcement Officers to evict a tenant click here.

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Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Communications Manager for the RLA and award-winning Editor of RPI magazine. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

3 Comments

  • It’s a disgrace
    A landlord trying to evict a tenant is a distress landlord who has tried every other legal option.
    The landlord needs to pay his mortgage and other costs like repairs, insurance … A slow and expensive court can finish him.

  • I am concerned that the County Court procedure is slow. It takes over a week for them to look at even a standard application and delays are built in to the system so that landlords are disdavantaged in that arrears build up and tenants know they will have longer to stay in the property without paying anything.

    The court online procedure is not at all online as documents still have to be provided physically and there is no response from the court online. If it were properly digital then the process could be completed within a few weeks.

    Court fees should be dependent on a fixed timescale being adhered to. Any longer and the landlord should be entitled to a refund/reduction.

    The present system is not fit for purpose.

  • This is another rip off from the corrupt tory government who are determined to frevent decent hard working landlords from providing good affordable housing for those people who cannot afford or choose not to buy their own home.

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