The cost of proceedings to evict tenants who have not paid the rent could increase under new government plans.
The Ministry of Justice is proposing to raise the fee for possession claims by £75, whether they are brought to a County Court, the High Court, or through the Possession Claims Online (PCOL) facility.
The current fees are £480 for High Court proceedings, £280 in the County Court, and £250 through PCOL.
The government maintains that the fee increases are justified in order to ensure that “courts and tribunals are adequately funded”, and in order to reduce the cost of possession orders to the taxpayer.
According to the MoJ, fees are “generally a secondary consideration” for those seeking possession, with other factors such as the likelihood of successful litigation taking priority.
The Moj also points out that fee remissions are available for those who qualify.
The government is seeking responses to its consultation on potential fee increases. You can make a submission here.