Calls for quicker evictions to help landlords and good reliable tenants

A swifter and more streamlined eviction process in the buy to let sector would encourage more landlords to enter the market and provide a greater choice of properties for reliable tenants looking for private rental accommodation, says Landlord Assist. The tenant eviction and rent recovery is backing calls for fast-track evictions amid speculations that the Government is planning to put measures in place to speed up the eviction process for private landlords following concerns that pressures on the courts are leading to lengthy delays. It is understood that landlords and some housing charities have been asked to attend a government working group to discuss proposals and possible options to speed up the eviction process for private landlords. For many landlords launching eviction proceedings against troublesome tenants can result in them going months without receiving any rent. Stories of possession claims taking between six and 12 months from start to finish...
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Extortionate court fee increases will impact landlords

Landlord Action has lambasted Government plans to increase court fees as “extortionate”.  The planned changes will take effect from 22nd April 2014, where fees for possession claims will see one of the largest increases at 60%, and could spark a stampede of possession cases in the next two weeks from landlords trying to beat the rises.   Currently the application for possession, which is used after service of a section 8 notice, costs £175, the same as an accelerated possession claim used after service of a section 21 notice. From 22nd April, this will increase to £280. The possession claim online (PCOL) service which can only be used after a section 8 notice on rent arrears grounds, currently has a substantially discounted fee of £100. This will rise by 150% to £250, making the discount for using the online system far less appealing. The Government has stated “the benefits brought...
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Landlords urged not to dismiss tenants on housing benefit

According to the poll of 1500 landlords, more landlords are turning away housing benefit claimants than ever before with almost six in 10 landlords (57%) refusing to accept anyone on benefits.
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Chasing Your Ex-Tenant

   From dealing with landlord and tenant cases from the age of 18, while working for a firm of solicitors, I’ve seen a lot with regard to bad tenants and rent collection.  But I must say since I started Landlord Action in 1999, in the last 6 months our Rent Recovery Department has never busier in respect of ex-tenant tracing to a new address and rent recovery, like issuing small claims summons, attachment of earnings, third party orders, information hearings, charging orders and bankruptcy demands, which we offer for fixed fees and is carried out by a qualified solicitor. I believe now landlords are less tolerant with tenant owing rent arrears and want to chase tenants down to new address and try and get a money judgement against them and enforce it at court, even on some cases when they know it will be very hard to collect, but want a...
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Tenants warned about rent arrears in run-up to Christmas

The impact of tenants falling into arrears at Christmas time should not be underestimated, as it can also directly affect a landlord’s ability to maintain their mortgage payments too. With many landlords relying on a tenant’s rent to supplement their monthly income it is clear that some would be unable to pay the mortgage on their property in the event that the tenant missed a payment of rent.
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Tenancy Disputes on The Rise

Amid continuing high spirits over the continuing rise in property prices, it would be easy to forget that this optimism is not shared by all. We’re talking about those who are renting, where it seems to be even more difficult than ever to get onto the property ladder, and research is showing that tenancies are becoming increasingly fraught with disputes.
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Landlords welcome direct payment announcement

A Government move to allow automatic direct payments of housing benefit to landlords, has been welcomed by the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA).
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Landlord Action sends warning to negligent landlords

Landlord Action, an organisation specialising in tenant eviction, is warning landlords that they too need to ‘play by the book’ for a hassle-free tenant eviction.  Founder Paul Shamplina, says despite being unaware of the state of a property at point of instruction or other deciding factors which may have led to the landlord/tenant relationship breakdown, he is all too aware that there are two sides to every story and that errors made by landlords who try to cut corners are one of the most common reasons for delaying proceedings. Attending to maintenance issues is a landlord’s obligation, regardless of whether the tenant is withholding rent.  Ignoring such issues can cause greater problems further down the line as one landlord from London, who sought the help of Landlord Action to deal with a rental arrears case, recently found out.  Describing the case, Paul Shamplina says “This particular landlord had rented out...
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