We understand that increased court fees for starting proceedings for the recovery of land (repossession claims) and general applications have come into force as of today. These increases come less 2 years since the last fee rise for possession claims from £175 to £280. Fees to commence a possession claim have therefore doubled during a period of 24 months. This change will impact landlords, both residential and commercial, as they are now required to pay a higher fee to issue proceedings.
Although a formal announcement has yet to take place, we have been informed the changes have now taken effect. In fact, a repossession claim we sent for issue to our local County Court on Friday 18 March was initially rejected today on the basis that the fee required was no longer £280 as stated on the Claim Form, but rather £355. The fees have also been updated on the EX50 Form found on the following gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/court-fees-what-they-are
The changes come hand in hand with the government’s intention of improving and modernising the court system, whilst keeping the costs to the tax payer at a minimum. The changes were originally announced by the Ministry of Justice during January 2015 as part of the recent overhaul to court fees.
Below is a table confirming the new fees for the County Court as of 21 March 2016:
|Action||Previous fee||Fee effective as of 21 March 2016|
|Issuing possession proceedings||£280||£355|
|Possession claims lodged online||£250||£325|
|Applications made on notice within civil proceedings||£155||£255|
|General applications made without notice||£50||£100|
|Applications made by consent||£50||£100|