Bailiffs Take up to 118 Days to Evict Private Tenants

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It can take up to 118 days for court-appointed bailiffs to evict tenants from buy to let properties owned by private investors.

Landlords in London are those most likely to need to evict their tenants. Meanwhile, those in the South West, North East and West Midlands were most likely to need to resort to the courts in order to secure their evictions.

New analysis of government figures by Simple Landlords insurance found that it took an average of 16.9 weeks from claim to eviction by bailiffs in the first quarter of 2018. A total of 21,429 possession claims were also brought to court, with 6,260 of those leading to an eviction by bailiffs.

This marks the first instance that it has been made public the amount of time it takes for private landlords to evict through a court system. This has been broken down by region and population density so that landlords and tenants are able to find out exactly the level of risk that they face in England and Wales.

Director of Underwriting at Simple Landlords Insurance, Tom Cooper, says: ‘The good news for everyone is that in 2017 only 0.5 per cent of landlords made a possession claim in court. And only a third of those had to go through to the bitter bailiff end. The bad news is that if it does happen to you, it can cost a lot of money – and not just the average £1,700-£2,000 in legal fees.’

He continued: ‘We wanted to get a more realistic idea of the impact of the process in terms of lost income, inconvenience, and ongoing legal fees in the worst and longest case scenarios. Just looking at lost rent, there are few landlords who can afford to lose up to 6 months’ worth – the time it takes for a tenant to go into arrears, for them to issue a Section 21 notice, and then for them wait 17 weeks to see the court process through.’

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