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Landlords call for shorter court process for eviction

Landlords call for shorter court process for eviction

A survey has found that landlords want a shorter court process for eviction if section 21 evictions are banned.

Paragon’s Mortgages, reported here, found 39% of landlords wanted to see a fast tack tribunal for housing evictions should the section 21 be abolished.

Currently, landlords can use the section 21 notice to evict tenants without having to give a reason.

But the government is proposing banning these notices. This could leave landlords only being able to use section 8 notices.

Section 8 notices need to provide evidence of a breach of the tenancy agreement.

However, the efficacy of the court process is a major concern to landlords.

Luke Ridge, housing law adviser here at Swain & Co Solicitors is also concerned about the proposals to abolish Section 21 evictions. He commented when the news broke in this previous post.

Paragon Mortgages have a panel of 203 buy-to-let landlords. 88% of those have been landlords to residential tenants for over 10 years.

Their latest survey also found that 84% of the landlords wanted to see a guaranteed method to cover the costs of evicting tenants.

As housing lawyers we are worried that the banning of no fault evictions could see a huge impact on the availability of rental homes.

In turn this will push up the levels of homelessness in our community.

Equally, we see the misuse of the current eviction processes and that is traumatic for families.

We urge anyone facing eviction or homelessness to contact our housing team for a no obligation discussion about your options.

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