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Shamplina praises MP for raising need for possession court overhaul

The leader of Landlord Action has commended the efforts of MP Theresa Villiers for raising issues surrounding court delays which must be addressed before Section 21 is abolished. 
Speaking on the Commons this week Villiers emphasised the importance of efficient court operations in the context of wider housing and rental reforms.

She acknowledged the need for the Renters Reform Bill, and stressed the need to be tough on bad landlords while ensuring good ones are not unfairly penalised. 

However, Villiers highlighted that to ensure the success of these reforms, it is essential to address inefficiencies within the court system, which lead to extensive delays in legal proceedings related to housing issues.


Landlord Action founder Paul Shamplina - a constituent of Villiers - says:  “I am grateful to Theresa Villiers for her efforts to bring these issues to the forefront of the government's attention. We fully support her call for a swift resolution to court delays, ensuring that the Renters Reform Bill can achieve its intended goals while preserving the vitality of the rental sector.”

During the debate, Theresa Villiers said : “My constituent Paul Shamplina, the founder of the solicitors firm Landlord Action, believes that delays are worse than he has experienced in his 33 years in the sector. 

“He has told me of three bailiff applications with Willesden court that have taken six months to be issued. In Swindon, it took three months to send a notice of issue for a basic N5B claim, and Central London county court took seven months to appoint a bailiff and grant transfer to the High Court for enforcement. 

“Other constituents have told me about bailiff delays in removing tenants who have not paid rent for many months.”

Villiers called upon the Minister for the Courts, Under-Secretary of State for Justice Mike Freer, to expedite efforts to resolve court delays. 

While acknowledging the recruitment of 1,000 new judges and the ongoing digitisation process, Villiers stressed the importance of continuous improvement to ensure that the courts operate as efficiently as possible.

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    It’s correct of course we delay the scrapping of s21 whilst the courts are reformed ( if it has to come in at all) 🫣🫣 BUT…….. What do we think Labour will do 😰😰 EXACTLY !!

  • John  Adams

    After today's cabinet fiasco, doesn't matter what any of these soon to be ex-MPs say. The Conservatives are toast.

    Thanks to Sunak, we have at least 10 years of Socialist chaos ahead


    I used to wince when I saw comments online calling for a general election now, but after today, I think it is essential.

    Where have all the Ministers supportng Brexit gone?

  • Nic  Kaz

    I can’t help but wonder if, in reality, there is no incentive for the government to improve the speed of court proceedings. Faster court resolutions on non payment of rent, anti social behaviour or contract end means these problems will be lifted from the landlord and more quickly put on the council…

    • A JR
    • 13 November 2023 17:50 PM

    Absolutely spot on. The Gov’s recent introduction of legal representation free to all tenants is clearly designed to reduce to a trickle evictions already snagged up in a broken court system. All part of a strategy to ‘lock in’ private landlords.


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