The government has introduced new laws this week, which mean landlords gain more power & will be able to evict tenants more quickly
Convictions for Anti-Social Behaviour will trigger eviction proceedings
Some nightmare tenants could be evicted in as little as two weeks
The new laws will ‘fast track’ the eviction process
Under new powers introduced by the Government, both private & social landlords will be able to evict unmanageable tenants more quickly, rather than leaving them in properties for months or even years while lengthy court proceedings take place. The new “fast track” process means that tenants who cause distress to their neighbours by making them feel frightened or intimidated, could be evicted in just two weeks!
The accelerated process works by allowing previous convictions for serious anti-social behaviour, including those who have taken part in riot-related offences.
The powers are contained in the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which gives landlords five ways in which they can apply to evict their tenants.
These include when a tenant has been convicted of a serious offence, criminal behaviour or an anti-social behaviour order, or has breached a noise abatement notice.
Cases are likely to be concluded more quickly because landlords will no longer have to prove that it is reasonable to grant a possession order, which usually takes around seven months. The whole court process will be therefore sped up, meaning the nightmare tenants can be evicted more quickly, saving money.