Court costs soar to 150% as eviction cases are on the rise
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Local Government
Halton Housing Trust warns customers that they face a significant rise in court costs of up to 150 per cent if the Trust takes court action for rent arrears under new regulations from the government.
From April 22nd, standard county court fees for a rent arrears possession case rose from £100 to £250. A standard eviction will go up from £175 to £280.
Landlords who take customers to court, would normally foot the bill for these charges initially, but these are then recovered from the customer if the landlord wins the case.
The Trust would urge all customers that there is help available and if they are struggling with their rent, rent arrears or any other debt problems to seek help and advice from the Trust Welfare Money Advice Officers.
Last year 46 customers were evicted due to not paying their rent and refusing any help and support from the Trust.
Maureen Forshaw, Income Recovery Manager said; ‘the last thing the Trust wants is to evict customers for non-payment of rent but unfortunately this is sometimes the case when customers refuse to pay their rent. We have a great team here ready to provide expert help and support and we would strongly recommend seeking their advice. If you are struggling to pay your rent, other bills or are having difficulty managing your benefits the worst thing you can do is bury your head in the sand, we are here to help, so please contact us’.
It is important that you take the necessary steps to help prevent any eviction due to rent arrears. The Trust has a very supportive team ready to help you with any problems you may be dealing with; you do not have to suffer in silence. To speak to someone please contact the Welfare Benefit Money Advice officers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0151 510 5024.