Welcoming the announcement, Housing Minister Sir George Young said: 'These new procedures for assured shorthold and assured tenancies will reduce delays and costs for private landlords. I hope this will help revive investment in the private rented sector, as delays in reclaiming possession are sometimes quoted by potential landlords as a reason for not renting out properties'.
The new rules and forms which come into force on 1 November 1993 will: introduce a streamlined procedure to enable private landlords to recover their property more quickly and cheaply; ensure county courts will be given more information about claims for possession; encourage greater participation in possession proceedings by tenants and borrowers; and warn undisclosed tenants in mortgaged property of possession proceedings.
Accelerated Possession Procedure: Using this new procedure, landlords will be able to recover possession of rental property, where the tenant is unlikely to have a defence, without the need for a court hearing. The scope of the new procedure is limited to assured tenancies where possession is being sought on certain specified grounds, and to assured shorthold tenancies.
General Possession Procedure: The new rules also introduce prescribed forms which will provide courts with more information about the basis of the claim (particularly where the grounds for possession are based on arrears of rent or mortgage repayments) and about the defendant's personal and financial circumstances.