The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is planning to increase the fees it charges landlords to obtain warrants in order to evict, both for county courts and the High Court.
Warrants are the legal permission required for a landlord to physically evict a tenant after a Section 21 or Section 8 notice has been granted by a court.
These additional fees are to be put through a consultation and are part of an across-the-board increase in court costs after a five-year pause in rises.
Landlords will now have to pay £130 for each county court warrant of possession, which is the legal paperwork needed to begin a bailiff eviction, up from £121.
Those using the quicker High Court route who wish to seal a write of control will be charged £71, up from £66.
These measures, along with the other increases in fees, are expected to raise between £11 and £17 million a year for Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS).
Possession fees freeze
But landlords will be relieved to know that the more substantial possession claim fees, which range from £325 to £480 depending on the type and manner of eviction, are to remain the same.
“The proposal is limited to fees which are under-recovering compared to the estimated cost of the service and to fees which are enhanced, meaning they can legally be set above the cost of service,” the MoJ consultation says.
Responses to the consultation are required by the 17th May and can be submitted via an online survey using the link above, via email or by post to: Fees Policy Team, Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ.