Just a quick update to let you know that the County Court fees will be going up from 22 April. (Thanks to Property 118 and Paul Shamplina for alerting me to this).
The increases are quite large – a standard eviction will go up from £175 to £280 and the PCOL (possession claims online service used for rent arrears evictions) will go up from £100 to £250.
There will also be increases in the money claims fees and various other fees.
You can see a full list of all the increases alongside the old fee in Appendix A (p41/44) in >> this report.
The only fees which are not going up (so far as eviction proceedings are concerned) are the bailiffs fees – this is because enforcement costs are going to be subject to a separate review. No doubt they will go up too, later.
So if your solicitor tells you that the cost of evicting your tenant has gone up – its not because he is being greedy! Its because the court fee has gone up.
No doubt there will be a lot of pressure on the courts in the leadup to 22 April as people rush to issue their proceedings before the deadline.
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