Making the case for housing courts

As part of our response to the social housing green paper we have supported calls to pilot dedicated 'housing courts' in the Midlands.

"Housing associations work to support residents from a range of different backgrounds and circumstances to sustain their tenancies, this work is core to our social purpose," said Glenn Harris, CEO at Midland Heart.

Glenn continues: "I am immensely proud of the work that my Midland Heart colleagues undertake every day to help residents, from offering money advice to intervening to stop antisocial behaviour.

However, there are occasions where we cannot succeed in changing behaviour and when all other avenues have been exhausted, our only option is to pursue legal action for the benefit of neighbours and the wider community.

"This is not about making it easier to evict people for simply missing their rent or annoying their neighbours. This is about having a dedicated system that can support both landlords and tenants to gain access to justice in a timely manner.

With over 230 courts closing since 2010 a possession case can now take an average of 42 weeks to complete nationally.

We are now calling on Government to create a dedicated system that would help to ensure the availability of the right court staff, with the knowledge and experience to handle complicated housing cases with the compassion and understanding that they deserve.

The call for evidence on housing courts closed on Tuesday 22 January - you can read our full consultation response here.

1st January 0001 | 2019