In October 2017 the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced a package of measures intended to address the private rented sector. One proposed measure was the introduction of a specialist Housing Court with a view to a more efficient and timely process by which landlords could recover possession, and tenants could enforce their rights.
The Housing Court Project Board has since commissioned a research study to get a better understanding of experiences and the outcomes of housing cases, and the reasons for perceived delays in the process. A copy of this research can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/considering-the-case-for-a-housing-court-call-for-evidence
On the back of that research paper, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government last week published a Call for Evidence: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/factors-influencing-the-progress-timescales-and-outcomes-of-housing-cases-in-county-courts. This seeks views and opinions from the judiciary, landlords and tenants to help the government to better understand and improve the experience of people using courts and tribunal services in property cases, including considering the case for a specialist Housing Court and/or other structural changes such as an extension of the remit of the Property Tribunal.
The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 22 January 2019.
The PLA Law Reform Committee will be responding to this call for evidence on behalf of PLA members and we would welcome members’ comments to feed into this response. In addition, we would also encourage members to respond directly to the consultation to ensure the government has a clear picture of the challenges being faced by our clients in pursuing claims through the county courts in this area.
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