Tenants taking less time to evict but it’s still too long, say landlords

first_imgHome » News » Tenants taking less time to evict but it’s still too long, say landlords previous nextRegulation & LawTenants taking less time to evict but it’s still too long, say landlordsMinistry of Justice figures released in parliament reveal dramatic drops in some area of the country in the time it takes to evict a tenant.Nigel Lewis23rd November 201801,012 Views The amount of time it takes to evict a tenant has reduced significantly across England, latest figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal, although landlords must still wait five months on average to take possession.The figures show that the national average has dropped by a fortnight to 22 weeks since 2013, although the reductions are more dramatic when broken down by region.In the North East and North West it is taking six weeks less to evict a tenant than in 2013 while in the South East and Midlands it’s three weeks less and in the South West, two weeks.London is the only region to buck the trend. There, tenants are taking a week longer to be evicted, on average.The figures were released during a Parliamentary debate following a question by Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton.Eviction problemsBut the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) says the figures show that the court system is failing landlords in England, and that the government’s plans to introduce longer and more secure tenancies will present huge problems for landlords and letting agents who try to evict tenants who don’t pay their rent.“If Ministers want to roll out longer tenancies, landlords need the confidence that in cases where they legitimately want to repossess a property the system will respond swiftly,” says David Smith, Policy Director at the RLA.“It is not good for either tenants or landlords to be left in a prolonged period of legal limbo. We hope that the government will press ahead with a properly funded and fully fledged Housing Court.”Read more: how fast can a tenant be evicted? Kevin Hollinrake RLA tenant David Smith eviction November 23, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img