If you are a landlord, you are likely to have to wait an average of five months to gain a court order for the repossession of your property if a tenancy has refused to leave after a notice to quit because of their anti-social behaviour, damage to the let property or failure to pay the rent.
The news comes in a press release from the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) on the 23rd of November 2018 and sees an increase from the 16.1 week average taken by such proceedings in 2017.
The figures reflect wide regional differences, with the time taken being only 18 weeks in the southwest of England, but up to 25 weeks in London.
Delays in seeking redress through the courts in this way seems to be encouraging landlords to adopt the easier route of repossession by way of so-called Section 21 orders – which give tenants between two and six weeks in which to leave the premises. These do not require the landlord to give any reason for a notice to quit and are frequently decided by the courts without the need for a formal hearing – an altogether speedier and more streamlined process, added Letting Agent Today on the 26th of November 2018.
Both the RLA and Letting Agent Today warn that landlords will expect faster action from the courts if they have genuine reasons for evicting tenants if the government is to realise its plans for introducing minimum three-year tenancies – proposals which were formally announced at the beginning of July 2018.