Eviction process now takes too long for landlords
- 7th December 2010
- Buy-To-Let Property News
A high profile case involving landlord - ex-racing driver Stirling Moss - highlights the frustrations of some landlords.
Two lettings assocations have presented a petition to Downing Street demanding that improvements be made to the eviction process for private residential lettings.
A recent case involving the high profile landlord Stirling Moss hit the newspaper headlines earlier this month. As more courts close and human-rights laws hot up, landlords could have a hard fight on their hands to improve the evictions process.
The courts and bailiffs are stretched and the three-step process for eviction is being extended beyond an acceptable time for most landlords. The evictions process can take six to 8 months plus. The proposed closure of over 54 county courts will further exacerbate an already stressed evictions process. There is a possibility that human rights legislation may see the current level of protection afforded to social housing tenants, applied to the private rentals market.
Stephen Ludlow comments: "Most landlords put some money aside to deal with rental gaps, however having to fund 6 months plus is tough. Such buy-to-let landlords will struggle to pay the mortgage without the rental income. So it's very important to have some financial protection in place to cover some costs such as rental and legal warranty."
"As the government is going to be relying on private landlords to provide considerable housing accommodation, it's essential the whole process doesn't become too onerous. The Supreme Court has said that it may take into account the physical and mental health of a tenant. However it cannot be fair that private landlords should suffer such loop holes that mean they cannot evict tenants or suffer lengthy delays."
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The petition will hopefully see highlight that the law also needs to be reviewed again for landlords' rights.
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