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.