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Landlord Insider
On the Landlord Insider blog, you’ll find some excellent resources for landlords of all sizes. From the latest landlord news, to professional advice, tips and guides for landlords, there’s something for everyone. Brought to you by the excellent team behind the Landlord Vision property management software.

Landlord Repossessions are Taking Longer than Ever

Hand signing eviction form. Blog header text: Landlord repossessions are taking longer than ever.

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice, which are based on a median measurement, show that routine repossessions (i.e. when a landlord wants their property back to sell it or so they can move back in) are taking longer than ever. In the first quarter of 2019, the average wait for a repossession claim to pass through the courts was 17.3 weeks. This is one week longer than it took in Q4 of 2018.

The Residential Landlords Association says this is simply not good enough, especially with plans in the pipeline to abolish Section 21 repossessions, which landlords are supposed to use if they want a ‘no-fault’ repossession. 

Courts are Overwhelmed Says RLA

The RLA is calling for the government to reconsider its plans. It says that the court system is overwhelmed and cannot cope with the number of Section 21 claims whereby landlords want to reclaim their property.

“Before seeking to scrap Section 21 repossessions Ministers urgently need to give confidence to landlords and tenants that the courts will first be substantially improved to speed up access to justice. That means establishing a full and proper housing court,” says David Smith, the policy director at the RLA.

Speeding Up the Court System

The RLA wants a dedicated housing court for landlords and tenants, which must be properly funded by the government. It believes this would speed up the system and make it easier for landlords and tenants to seek justice.

Following the announcement that the government is seeking to reform Section 21 notices, the RLA has sought feedback from landlords. It says record numbers have already responded, but if you are not one of them you can respond to the RLA’s survey here.

The RLA will use any feedback received when it lobbies the government to ensure landlord interests are protected. 

Tell us what you think about the proposed changes to Section 21 notices. We’d love to hear from you!

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Kat Black

Kat Black

Kat oversees marketing for Landlord Vision and so she curates, writes and edits posts for the blog, she has a wealth of experience in business and project management. Kat has plenty of hands on property experience too, she has worked in property insurance for 8 years and has helped her parents to grow a profitable portfolio.