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Minister pledges court reforms to help landlords

A government minister has promised to look at further court reforms to allow faster repossessions where landlords have legitimate reasons to evict tenants.

Government plans to scrap so-called “no fault” or “no explanation” repossessions previously allowed under Section 21, have caused much controversy in the private rented sector.

But today, writing exclusively for the Residential Landlords Association, minister for the private rented sector Heather Wheeler promises to look at reforming the rules further to ensure that they work for both landlords and tenants.

She says that according to responses submitted to the government, “landlords who experience the eviction process via the courts as unduly slow and complex, are increasingly dependent upon Section 21”.

She pledges that “changes in the law, the court process, and resourcing will need to go hand in glove with tenancy reform, to meet these concerns”.

Wheeler says that “the vast majority of landlords provide their tenants with a decent home and good quality service” and that “few landlords evict good tenants without a sound reason”.

The RLA is currently seeking views from its landlord members on what they deem necessary to allow the swift repossession of property in cases where they have legitimate reasons for doing so.

RLA policy director David Smith says: “The minister’s comments are welcome. As the RLA has long argued, landlords are left frustrated at almost every stage where they want to repossess property through the courts.

“This makes it harder to address the problem of bad tenants including those committing anti-social behaviour who cause misery for their neighbours.”

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