23 May

Landlord organisation requests new housing court

Landlord organisation requests new housing court

A leading landlord organisation has put forward the idea of a new housing court to help speed up residential rental disputes.

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) wants the government to consider the creation of a court that would be able to quickly process issues between tenants and landlords and resolve contractual disputes.

It currently takes an average of 43 weeks for landlords to regain possession of a property via the present legal system and it is often an expensive process for property owners.

"The current court system is not fit for purpose. It takes too long and is too costly for landlords to repossess a property where tenants are not paying their rent, as well as for tenants to uphold their rights when faced with a landlord providing sub-standard housing," said RLA chairman Alan Ward.

"New housing courts would greatly improve the situation enabling justice for good landlords and tenants to be provided more swiftly. Landlords are more likely to rent property out to tenants for longer periods if they can more easily regain possession of a home where tenants are not paying their rent or committing anti-social behaviour," he added.

Ahead of the forthcoming election, the RLA has outlined six key areas that it believes are relevant to the country's landlords.

As well as speeding up the handling of disputes, the organisation wants more positive tax policies to encourage growth to offset the impact of the recent stamp duty changes.

Their policy document also outlines plans for the introduction of a new deposit trust for tenants to transfer deposits easily between tenancies.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801836124-ADNFCR

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