A high number of possession claims combined with under-resourced county courts across England and Wales is resulting in expensive delays for landlords who wish to evict tenants, it has been claimed by tenant eviction service Landlord Action in a recent report on propertywire.com.

The service says one of their legal team members now chases up possession cases on a full time basis.

Possession cases have risen 15 per cent year-on-year, while government spending cuts have led to a system overload. County courts deal with nearly all residential possession claims, while county court bailiffs enforce the courts’ rulings.

The article claims that some courts are now insisting that bailiffs act in pairs instead of alone which further slows the process.

Such delays are adding to landlords’ legal bills, and increasing amounts lost in unpaid rent.

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