Estate agency leaders say new eviction powers for landlords will ‘overwhelm courts’

Propertymark welcomes the Government's plan to deal with problem tenants, but warns that existing courts will not cope with caseload.

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Industry leaders welcome new powers to evict unruly tenants, but warn that dedicated housing courts are essential to deal with cases.

Propertymark says overloaded courts will not be able to cope with evictions resulting from the crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

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Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced measures against tenants who ruin their neighbours’ lives through persistent noise or by being drunk and disorderly.

Under the new plans perpetrators of anti-social behaviour will face swift and visible justice, increased fines and enhanced drug testing.

Sunak says: “This action plan maps out how we will tackle this issue with the urgency it deserves and stamp out these crimes once and for all – so that wherever you live, you can feel safe in, and proud of your community.”

Nuisance tenants

But Propertymark says that it needs to see how the measures will work in practice and when the new legislation will be in effect, as until then landlords will continue to struggle to evict nuisance tenants.

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Timothy Douglas, Head of Policy and Campaigns, Propertymark

Timothy Douglas, head of policy and campaigns at Propertymark, says: “It is encouraging to see the Government acknowledge that there is an issue with anti-social behaviour within communities and after calling for reform we are pleased to see the Action Plan include measures to speed up the eviction process and support landlords and agents to gather evidence.

Given the lack of capacity in the existing court system, we reiterate our call for a dedicated housing court”

“Given the lack of capacity in the existing court system, we reiterate our call for a dedicated housing court to ensure better access to justice for landlords and tenants.

“A key element is ensuring that tenant behaviour can be better evidenced in court and the cases of most concern are prioritised.”

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