NRLA Expresses Disappointment Over Rising Court Costs for Landlords

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has voiced significant disappointment following the government’s decision to increase court fees for landlords. This decision comes at a time when there is already considerable dissatisfaction with the performance of the courts.

Court Fee Hikes Spark Outrage Among Landlords
The NRLA has criticised the government for raising court fees by 10% next month, which will see the cost of a possession claim rise to nearly £400. A spokesperson from the NRLA remarked, “Landlords and tenants in the private rented sector are reliant on a consistent, fair, and timely service from HM Courts & Tribunals, which is often found wanting. Increasing the cost of accessing justice without a corresponding improvement in the service provided seems unjustified.”

Specific Increases Impacting Landlords
This fee hike will affect 202 different fees across the board. Notably, the costs impacting landlords will include the price of a warrant of possession, which will increase from £130 to £143; the fee for most orders to enforce a money judgement, rising from £119 to £131; and the charge for making a possession claim in the county court, which will jump from £355 to £391.

Government’s Response to Consultation Feedback
During the consultation phase prior to the implementation of the fee increase, the majority of respondents indicated that any rise above the cost of living would be unfair. Despite this feedback, the government proceeded with the increases, albeit at a rate lower than the 17.8% hike applied to costs between 2021 and 2023. This decision has been met with dismay by the NRLA and stakeholders who rely on court services for resolving disputes in the rental sector.