Landlords needing to evict a tenant face rising UK court costs

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Rising court fees in the UK could tempt law abiding landlords to cut corners when it comes to tenant evictions, it is claimed. For the second year running, the Ministry of Justice is increasing fees for landlords who want to evict tenants who have fallen into rent arrears. The cost for filing a paper application will rise by £75 to £355. Online applications will rise from £250 to £325. This comes on top of increases last year of £100 for online applications and £175 for paper claims. According to Legal 4 Landlords the spiralling court costs could lead to landlords being tempted to evict problem tenants without following official procedures, risking prosecution and a criminal record. ‘The spiralling costs are unfair and are hitting landlords in the pocket yet again. However, the law is complex and too many landlords serve invalid notices delaying the process and waste their money,’ said Sim Sekhon, managing director of Legal 4 Landlords. ‘Landlords must follow the correct procedure and expert guidance is paramount. Evicting a tenant is stressful enough but many landlords are concerned about rising court costs so it’s not surprising some are tempted to take the law into their own hands,’ he added. The firm explained that there are several routes that can be taken to evict a tenant and every case is different. The court expects landlords to follow procedures to the letter so they should always seek expert guidance. Legal 4 Landlords offers a range of services for landlords and letting agents with a network of offices across the UK. This includes advanced tenant referencing and general insurances products. It offers a free eviction case review and recently launched a rent and legal protection insurance product. This safeguards landlords from future hikes in court costs at the legal stage for landlords who may need it for their next tenants. The number of people evicted from rented properties hit record levels in 2014, with 42,000 homes repossessed by landlords, according to the Ministry of Justice. Taylor Scott International

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