Private landlords have to wait an average of over five months to regain possession of a property when applying to the courts, figures from the Ministry of Justice show.

Where a landlord needs to regain possession urgently because of poor tenant behaviour and the tenant refuses to leave, landlords have to resort to the courts.

David Smith, policy director for the Residential Landlords Association, said: “These figures show that the court system is failing to secure justice for landlords and tenants when things go wrong.

“If ministers want to roll out longer tenancies landlords need the confidence that in cases where they legitimately want to repossess a property the system will respond swiftly. It is not good for either tenants or landlords to be left in a prolonged period of legal limbo.


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