Court fees to go up

The recent announcement of a 10% increase in court fees for landlords has sparked concern within the property sector. Effective Wednesday May 1st, various court activities, including those involving landlords, will see higher charges. Landlords will particularly feel the impact of these increases in key areas such as obtaining a warrant of possession, enforcing a money judgment, and making a possession claim in the county court.

For instance, the fee for a warrant of possession will rise from £130 to £143, while enforcing a money judgment will increase from £119 to £131. Additionally, making a possession claim in the county court will now cost £391, up from £355 previously. The justification for these fee hikes is tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rising by 17% since the last fee adjustment in 2021.

Critics argue that court processes involving landlords have already faced significant criticism, particularly regarding delays and inefficiencies. The delay in implementing the ban on Section 21 evictions is contingent upon marked improvements in the speed and effectiveness of possession cases.

The government asserts that the fee increases will generate up to £37 million to invest in the court service. However, it’s acknowledged that it will take several months for the increased charges to yield sufficient funds to improve the system. His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service defends the rises as necessary, noting that they are the first since September 2021, with future increases planned every two years.

While the fee increases aim to bolster court services, concerns persist regarding the impact on landlords and the broader implications for the property market. It remains to be seen how these changes will affect the efficiency and accessibility of the court system, particularly in handling landlord-tenant disputes.

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  1. David Price

    Every day another reason to only take solid gold working tenants.

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