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Landlords to feel impact of "Extortionate" court fee rises

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Fri 30 May 2014

Landlords to feel impact of "Extortionate" court fee rises

The planned changes have taken effect from 22nd April 2014, where fees for possession claims have seen one of the largest increases at 60%.
Previously,  the application for possession, which is used after service of a section 8 notice, costed £175, the same as an accelerated possession claim used after service of a section 21 notice. From 22nd April, this increased to £280.

The possession claim online (PCOL) service which can only be used after a section 8 notice on rent arrears grounds, previously had a substantially discounted fee of £100. This will rise by 150% to £250, making the discount for using the online system far less appealing.

The Government has stated “the benefits brought by a simplified approach with a fee which reflects the average cost of issuing such proceedings justifies the change.”

The only fee which is not rising is the warrant of possession when a bailiff is required, which remains at £110.