Courts across London are failing to cope with the volume of landlord repossession cases they are hearing. New figures just published show that the average length of time from a claim from a landlord in London to a court issuing an order for a property to be repossessed for legitimate reasons is 30 weeks. This is up from 23 weeks the year before.
Landlords in London have the longest wait in the country followed in second place by those in the North East who have to wait an average of 23.5 weeks.
The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is warning that without substantial reform and greater funding for the courts the time taken to process cases will only get worse as Ministers prepare to end Section 21, ‘no explanation’ repossessions. This will lead to much greater pressure on the courts to decide upon legitimate repossession cases such as in instances of tenant rent arrears or anti-social behaviour.
Faced with such difficulties in regaining possession of their property, many good landlords will be put off providing the homes to rent the capital desperately needs, making life more difficult for tenants looking for somewhere to live, says the RLA.