EVICTIONS: Changes to property possession process are needed, says legal expert

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EVICTIONS: Changes to property possession process are needed, says legal expert

Leading housing lawyer Simon Mullings is working with tenants’ groups on a five-point plan to make the evictions process fairer.

Mullings, co-chair of the , says a worryingly low number of tenants facing eviction are not accessing free legal advice when their case is being reviewed by a judge under revised arrangements for possession proceedings.

Although the requirement for landlords to send the court an electronic copy of all the case documents – and confirm that these have been sent to the tenant – at least 14 days before the review is a positive innovation, Mullings suggests that duty advisers should be allowed to proactively contact tenants.

He told a conference organised by HLPA that one benefit of the mediation pilot being used in the process is that legal advice must first be given to a tenant.

Master of the Rolls

His announcement follows a recent Master of the Rolls report into possession hearings for evictions following the Covid court restrictions which warned of decreasing trust in the justice system without good availability of legal advice.

It said possession hearings were deemed unsuitable for remote determination by many, mainly because of the number of vulnerable tenants involved who were unlikely to be able to access the technology needed to take part, or to provide instructions to solicitors where they were represented.

Measures mandated by the pandemic had reduced the availability and accessibility of legal advice, with the impact of reduced advice disproportionately affecting those on low incomes.

It added: “Possession hearings, if conducted remotely, would threaten effective participation and undermine trust in the justice system.”

A is now looking into the ‘absurdly complicated’ process of evicting tenants and housing law in general.

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Lloyds is expected to manage the 50 residential units through a subsidiary called Citra Living.

It first announced plans to enter the sector in March, targeting new and existing housing stock across the UK as it searches for sources of revenue.

The plan – – is set to bring in another source of income for Lloyds after it saw profits tumble by 72% to £1.2 billion last year as it battled the economic fallout of the pandemic.

Lloyds aims to take advantage of its low funding costs, strong brand name and knowledge of the housing market to become a major player in the sector, and believes it can offer better quality and more professional services to renters than many existing landlords. 

The move could pave the way for Lloyds to sell other products to prospective tenants, such as insurance or loans for deposits.

The lender has also directly invested in several housing projects with smaller developers in recent years through a partnership with Homes England.

Broadening access

Lloyds says: “As we stated in our full-year results in February, we are committed to broadening access to home ownership and exploring opportunities to increase our support to the UK rental sector.”

It’s not the first financial institution to get into property; Legal & General is a huge housebuilder, leaser and landlord of private rented property, while John Lewis announced plans earlier this year to build a residential property portfolio to offset weakness in its high street stores.

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