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  • Problem Tenants

    Average of 17 weeks to evict a tenant

    It takes an average of 118 days for court-appointed bailiffs to remove tenants from private landlords’ properties after bringing a claim to court.

    Landlords in London are the most likely to have to evict, while those in the South West, North East and West Midlands were least likely to have to go all the way to court to secure their evictions.

    Landlords can see at a glance how their region fares here.

    New analysis of government figures shows it took an average of 16.9 weeks from claim to bailiff eviction in the first quarter of 2018.

    A total of 21,429 possession claims were brought to court last year, of which 6,260 ended in eviction by bailiff.

    It’s the first time that the length of time it takes for private landlords to evict through the court system has been made public – and it’s been broken down by region and population density so landlords – and tenants – can find out exactly what level of risk they face in each area of England and Wales.

    Key findings

    The headlines for landlords include:

    • During 2017, private landlords brought 21,439 possession claims to courts in England and Wales.

    • 27% of claims didn’t receive a court order. Many claims are rejected for failing to follow the correct eviction proceedings.

    • The average insurance payment made for eviction support is £4,341.22, which includes legal expenses and lost rent.

    • Landlords in London are more likely to have to evict a tenant, the figures show. Buy-to-let investors in the capital brought 195.3 claims per 100,000 households last year.

    • Landlords in the South West of England were least likely to bring eviction proceedings to court, with 58.9 claims registered per 100,00 households, followed by the North East and West Midlands.

    • It took longer for social housing providers to evict tenants, with an average claim-to-repossession time of 27.9 weeks vs 16.9 for private landlords.

    Full/source article

    It would be interesting to hear how long it is taking to evict a tenant in your area ... 

    Landlord Action is Property Tribes partner for dealing with rouge tenants and have a helpline for landlords struggling with this issue on 0333 363 6715.

    If you are concerned about rent arrears and eviction costs, you can take out Rent Guarantee Insurance with our insurance partner Alan Boswell Group.  You can call the ABG insurance team on 01603 649736.

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