The process of evicting rogue tenants is set to be improved following the launch of a new government service.
Landlord Action – acting in its role as a government Think Tank – first proposed that landlords should be able use Section 21 processes for eviction by filling out online forms.
It marks the first step towards digitalising the service and now the Department for Communities and Local Government has acted to aid landlords further. Research found that many landlords were making mistakes in their applications to court when they lacked their own legal representation and that this was slowing down the process. Section 8 PCOL service (Possession Claim Online) can already be done via the internet and Landlord Action said the same process should apply for Section 21 claims.
HM Courts and Tribunals Service and the Ministry of Justice Digital Services have now joined forces to improve the way accelerated possession claims can be made. It means an N5b form – the one required for such an application – can now be completed online before being printed out and sent off along with the tenancy agreement and fees.
This should aid landlords by making the process easier to understand; especially as they will often want to act quickly to prevent any rogue tenant issues from eating into their possible returns.
“We are always campaigning to make life easier for landlords, especially through the distressing time of trying to regain possession of a property,” said Paul Shamplina, founder of Landlord Action.
He added that making accelerated possession forms available online “will make a real difference” as key legal points will be explained clearly.
Questions on the forms are also designed to find information that is relevant to each situation while calculating if landlords are eligible for such claims.
The new forms should help alleviate some of the most common mistakes which should then reduce the chance of costly delays that can occur as a result.
Mr Shamplina added that he hopes landlords will feel “empowered” as result of the changes as they can be more aware of the important legal rulings that may influence their claims.
To see what else is in store for Buy to Let landlords visit our news article on changes to mortgage charges and fees.