Landlords Call For Dedicated Housing Courts

AFS Team·21 November 2019·4 min read
Landlords Call For Dedicated Housing Courts

Landlords Call For Dedicated Housing Courts

Landlords are calling for dedicated housing courts because they are facing longer times in getting their repossession case judgements processed, figures reveal.

Government statistics highlight that it can now take 22.6 weeks on average for a private landlord from making a claim for a property to be repossessed to this being granted.

That's up from the second quarter's figure of 22.5 weeks and is the third consecutive quarterly increase.

'Courts are failing both tenants and landlords'

The Residential Landlords Association's (RLA) policy director, David Smith, said: "Courts are failing both tenants and landlords and the systematic programme of court closures, along with court cuts have made it harder for those in the private rental sector to get justice when something goes wrong in a timely way."

He added that growing numbers of landlords are looking to develop longer tenancies but they need to be reassured that they can easily and swiftly repossess their property in legitimate circumstances through the courts.

Mr Smith said: "A failure to achieve this will make longer tenancies a pipe dream and we call on all political parties to pledge to establish dedicated housing courts to bring rapid justice for tenants and landlords."

Tenant priorities revealed ahead of general election

Meanwhile, the top priorities for tenants in the upcoming general election have been revealed by the National Landlords Association (NLA).

According to their research, tenants are more interested in Brexit, the environment and climate change and then education.

Fourth on the list of tenant concerns is housing, followed by immigration, and then there are concerns of the NHS, police and crime.

The top 10 is made up with worries over tax, transport and the country's welfare system.

Attack on so-called 'dodgy landlords'

The survey comes after Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leader, launched his general election campaign with an attack on the country's so-called 'dodgy landlords'.

Now, the findings show that most tenants have a positive relationship with their landlord, contrary to popular belief.

The NLA's chief executive, Richard Lambert, said: "The private rental sector isn't the big political issue that tenant groups claim it is and the idea that tenants and landlords are engaged in a bitter dispute constantly is an example of fake news."

He added that when tenants cast their vote in the election, housing will not be top of their agenda since most tenants are happy with their landlord and rental property.