Courts: Housing

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to publish their response to the consultation Considering the case for a Housing Court, which closed in January 2019; and what are their reasons for not publishing it to date.

Photo of Lord Greenhalgh Lord Greenhalgh Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), The Minister of State, Home Department

We remain committed to working with the judiciary to improve court processes for users and the responses to the Call for Evidence will inform this work. However, it is important that any changes to court processes are considered as part of a wider package of reforms, which will deliver a fairer and more effective private rental market.

Our Renters’ Reform Bill will enhance renters’ security and improve protections for tenants by abolishing ‘no-fault’ evictions. However, we want to ensure that under the new tenancy framework, landlords are able to swiftly and smoothly regain their property through the courts where they have a legitimate reason to do so.

We will publish our response to the consultation ‘Considering the case for a Housing Court’ in due course.

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