The Government has announced the closure of 49 county courts in England and Wales.
With claims for possession of a property, such as in the event of rent arrears, already taking anywhere from 12 to 20 weeks from commencement to completion, this decision is likely to delay hearing dates further.
Under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977, unless a tenants gives the landlord vacant possession, it is unlawful for a residential landlord to take possession of premises without a court order.
This means that residential landlords are frequent court users and many use the court service on a daily basis. They require a speedy and efficient service, particularly if the tenant in question is not paying rent.
The coalition has said the geographic spread of county courts across the country was fairly illogical, and it will now aim for everyone to be within a one-hour public transport ride from their 'local' county court.