Five housing organisations have written to government ministers to warn that the Ministry of Justice’s proposed Fixed Recoverable Costs (FRCs) regime is likely “to devastate the tenant and borrower facing housing law sector”.
The Government plans to extend FRCs to all civil cases in the fast track up to a value of £100,000. That would include legally aided housing cases and disrepair cases conducted under conditional fee arrangements.
Housing Law Practitioners’ Association, Legal Aid Practitioners’ Group, Shelter, Law Centres Network and Generation Rent have written a joint letter attaching a report analysing data concerning the impact of FRCs on the housing law advice sector. The report, by Hawke Legal, found that the provision of legal aid housing under the FRC proposals would become unsustainable if the proposals are implemented unamended.
For the joint letter, with links to the report by Hawke Legal and submissions by the various organisations , click here.