NEW: Landlords warned to expect court delays as 100,000 evictions pile up

Courts are set to buckle under the pressure once the eviction ban restrictions end, with most cases ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - NEW: Landlords warned to expect court delays as 100,000 evictions pile up | LandlordZONE.

NEW: Landlords warned to expect court delays as 100,000 evictions pile up

Courts are set to buckle under the pressure once the eviction ban restrictions end, with most cases entering the system now not likely to be completed until well into 2022, a report has warned.

Compiled by the , the report paints a bleak picture of the court system, estimating that at least 100,000 claims could be subject to court proceedings during this year.

While only a third of those that start the eviction process reach formal repossession, it says about twice as many tenants as normal are in arrears and these arrears are likely to be rising.

As a result, the time taken to get an order, let alone to reach repossession – 42 weeks on average – is unlikely to fall.

The report predicts that hardly any potential claims under either Section 21 or Section 8 will get to court until at least the second quarter and many might not even start the process through the courts until late in 2021.

The latest figures for the last quarter of 2020, compared to 2019, showed that landlord possession actions in terms of claims (8,382), orders for possession (2,195), warrants (1,792) and repossessions (548) dropped by 67%, 89%, 86% and 93% respectively.

Solutions

LSE London suggests that if social landlords who, pre-pandemic brought the majority of the cases, continue to delay starting eviction proceedings, more space would be left for private landlord cases.

The government could also put more resources into the courts. The report says: “This obviously has potential but seems to be unlikely given the priority that must be given to the criminal system and the attitude of government to private landlords during the pandemic.”

It adds: “It is likely that the need to speed up criminal cases in county courts will put further pressure on those available to deal with civil issues. Arguably therefore whether or not landlords start formal proceedings hardly matters, except for the months of insecurity, mental stress and hardship facing so many tenants and indeed landlords.”

Read the report in full.

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CAMPAIGNING Danny Butcher foundation donates cash to homelessness charity

The trust set up in the memory of Danny Butcher, the former army reservist who took his ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - CAMPAIGNING Danny Butcher foundation donates cash to homelessness charity | LandlordZONE.

CAMPAIGNING Danny Butcher foundation donates cash to homelessness charity

The trust set up in the memory of Danny Butcher, the former army reservist who took his own life after getting into debt after attending a Samuel Leeds ‘financial freedom’ course, has donated its first funds to charity.

Butcher’s father Alan (pictured), who runs the foundation with the help of family and supporters, says the problem of homelessness in particular among former services personnel was close to his son’s heart.

“When Danny attended the course run by Samuel Leeds he wanted to both improve his own financial position so he and his partner could lead a better life, but also said any spare cash his property investments generated would be donated to homelessness and armed forces charities,” he tells LandlordZONE.

His son, who was already in financial difficulty, borrowed £13,000 to attend a course.

“That’s why we’ve begun fund raising via the foundation and so far we’ve raised £3,000 with the first tranche of £500 going to Help 4 Homeless Veterans charity.”

Danny Butcher’s desire to end his financial problems by following Leeds’ investment advice didn’t pan out as he had hoped and the then 37-year-old instead sank further into debt.

“He stood in my kitchen and told me he’d made a mess of everything but I told him we’d get through it together,” says Alan. “But I could tell something had changed within him.”

Guru regulation

The Danny Butcher Foundation is campaigning for ‘property gurus’ such as Leeds to be regulated to protect inexperienced and vulnerable people like Butcher, and has launched a .

“Over the last 15 years, the ‘wealth creation/property training’ market has grown to become a multi-million pound market with little regulatory oversight,” the foundation says.

“This lack of regulation has created an opportunity for unscrupulous individuals to run rampant.

“Significant numbers of people are being pushed into debt after having been sold an expensive dream of easy riches. Many more find themselves in a worse financial situation than before they signed up to the expensive ‘training’.”

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