Our legal advisors, Pain Smith, have recently notified us that the time taken for Courts to process claims particularly in the London Region has extended dramatically.
They would normally say that an accelerated possession claim if no Court hearing was required would take about 2 to 3 months from issue of proceedings until bailiff appointment. For traditional proceedings normally they would have the first hearing date within 3 to 4 months of issue.
Sadly they are finding that these dates are taking much longer with dates for hearings under traditional hearings taking up to 4 months!
With regards to accelerated possession claims where hearings have been listed by the Court or the Defendant has lodged a Defence form they have found that these may not be listed for up to 5 months!
Whilst some Courts are still sticking to the more usual times generally the hands of Landlords are tied as to which Court to issue in. The rules provide that generally such possession claims must be issued in the County Court and in particular the Court with jurisdiction for the area in which the rental property is situated.
Certainly a worrying development for all those involved in property rental and more important than ever for us to ensure that we find you the right tenant for your property!