Can anyone enlighten me on the current court waiting time for possession claims ??
It varies for different courts
Big variation between areas - my recent experience is that so called section 21
“accelerated possession” in one area took very much longer than standard possession under section 8 in a neighbouring area.
Ask local landlords or a solicitor working in you area and don’t assume section 21 is faster than section 8 any more !
not sure if i am in the right spot but can anyone advise me why my local council would advise my tenant not to pay any rent at all and wait to be legally evicted. i understand why they would tell him to stay put until eviction thank you
Who has told you that they have been advised not to pay rent?
Councils will say stay put for sure.
It’s a discrace that anyone would say that. It would mess up the tenants future with rentals for a starter, never mind how it affects the landlord.
explain to tenant if they do not pay a ccj will blight their life… Doubt the Council told tenant not to pay rent, they will tell them to sit tight until eviction The tenant will have added the bit about not paying for their own advantage
thanks Colin, yes i think on reflection you are probably correct
yes i understand them saying stay put but not dont pay !
as colin says below perhaps the tenant has added that comment to give it some sort of credence !
Once they contacted the council they feel power and they seem to say whatever suits them!
Ask them how they will ever get anywhere to rent when they they are asked the question “have you ever been evicted”. Bye bye nice private housing forever, hello slums.
Unusual for a council to advise not to pay any money. I usually tell tenants it will affect their credit rating for years and so it’s not good advice. Eviction is a long expensive process in my experience
They say normally 8 weeks but it’s been 12 weeks and I’m still waiting on the accelerated route.
does that mean that if everyone uses the accelerated route then it is of no benefitas it still takes just as long as the “ordinary” route ?
Seems like it yes. Strikes and Covid backlogs seem to be the case. Even after the possession order issued there is a further 14 day wait for tenant to leave followed by another application to court for bailiffs.
The law is scandalous for all the decent landlords out there.
It most certainly is scandalous. The court hearing date, usually many weeks after the miscreant has been notified of your claim, should be notice enough, and the bailiffs warrant should be incorporated into the possession order for instant eviction - wishful thinking…!
Another clear example of the courts / governments lack of fair consideration for the landlord.
If your tenant has spoken with a particular housing officer, which suggested non payment of rent, and your tenant has put it in writing to you, I would suggest you make an invitation for the tenants to join you to meet up with the official in question, (name, Tel nr etc) face to face for the facts or via phone. That will give you the truth, make the official aware of their intent of non payment and possibly interrupt their thinking that have one over you.
I began this thread originally however it was Hi jacked by Chris35 (not a problem to me ) However I am now getting notifications for his post.
My local court, Watford have quite a backlog