Deadline nears for Housing Court consultation
The deadline for landlords to have their say in the government’s consultation on proposals to introduce a Housing Court in England is fast approaching.
The Government launched the call for evidence last month, and it closes at 11.45am, on Tuesday, January 22.
Plans for a specialist "housing court" to speed up the settlement of property disputes between landlords and tenants were unveiled last November.
The designated court, according to the government, will be "particularly important" for families and vulnerable tenants "who live with the fear of suddenly being forced to move".
It comes after the then-communities secretary, Sajid Javid, announced at the Conservative Party conference in 2017 the government would explore the idea to deliver "more effective" justice.
The Residential Landlord Association’s Policy Director David Smith said at the time: “The RLA welcomes this important consultation.
“Improving and speeding up access to justice in this way would be good news for landlords and tenants.
“It will help root out criminal landlords more quickly, give greater confidence to landlords to offer longer tenancies”.
The RLA says a Housing Court is 'crucial' for landlords who might be prepared to offer longer tenancies, but fear they could be locked into a tenancy and left unable to swiftly regain possession of their property, in the event of rent arrears or antisocial behaviour.
The proposals have been covered in the news section at Simple Landlords Insurance here and here.
The Government is seeking views on the experiences people have of using courts and tribunal services in property cases, including whether a specialist Housing Court is needed.
They are keen on hearing from private landlords on their experiences of the possession action process in the county court.
To have your say, visit the Government’s website.