The most recently available data from the Ministry of Justice confirm that delays in County Court Bailiffs actually enforcing a warrant of possession continue to grow. The July to September 2016 landlord possession data for the enforcement of possession warrants shows that the average time from claim to possession was 42.5 weeks; an increase on comparable date.
The figures go on to show that the average time from a possession order being made, to it then being enforced by a County Court Bailiff, is 32.2 weeks. Most landlords simply cannot afford to wait such an extraordinarily long time to recover their property; and the figures seem to suggest that more and more landlords are turning to High Court Enforcement as the quicker alternative.
The Ministry of Justice does not publish any information on the actual numbers of residential evictions carried out by High Court Enforcement Officers, but it is generally accepted amongst the industry that numbers are on the rise. Although more expensive than the County Court option, when compared with the further loss of rental income and potential increased damage to property the choice to use a HCEO makes commercial sense.
Enforcing a residential eviction order via the High Court is a process than is simple and straightforward, providing that you have considered and planned for this from the start of the eviction process by stipulating your requirement within the original claim form. Even if you haven’t done this, HCEO’s are still able to assist you, but a further short application will usually be required.
For guidance and information on enforcing residential eviction orders quickly via the High Court, contact one of our team today.