Tenants face eviction without a hearing
Sunday 05 December 1993
Accelerated possession proceedings can only be used against assured tenants and assured shorthold tenants in certain circumstances.
A landlord cannot use them if he wishes to evict tenants because they are behind in rent, and they only apply where tenants have a written tenancy agreement.
Before implementing the new proceedings, the landlord must serve the tenant with two months' notice. The court will then issue notice of a possession order. The tenant has only 14 days to reply, giving details of circumstances. The court can then issue an eviction order.
Ruth Lawrance, a campaigner with the Camden Confederation of Private Tenants, said: 'In the past tenants had a basic right to have their case heard in open court. It will lead to rubber-stamp evictions.'
The Camden tenants group said that the two-week reply period could lead to a situation, for example, where tenants returning from holiday could find that their locks had been changed.
Long after his career in English football has ended, Emile Heskey's impotency in front of goal remains an object of ridicule.
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