Following the 'Implementing increases to selected court and tribunal fees' consultation, it has now been confirmed that the Ministry of Justice will be increasing court fees by 10% from May 2024, with fees associated with tenant evictions amongst those being increased.

The Ministry states that the fee increases will "help to maintain the courts and tribunal system while also reducing the cost to the taxpayer".   

Some of the fee increases which may affect landlords include:

  • An application for the recovery of land (i.e. possession) will increase by £36 and now cost £391
  • Sealing a writ of control / possession / delivery in the High Court has increased by £7 and will now cost £78.00
  •  Issue of a warrant of possession or warrant of delivery has increased by £13 and will now cost £143
  •  Making an application within proceedings (either by consent or without notice) has increased by £3 and will now cost £29.

Other fee increases see the Urgent High Court Possession Order fee rise to £626 and a general application fee rising to £119.  A full list of the fee increases can be found here.

The government plans to review court fees every two years in an attempt to create a more incremental rise.  This is the first time fees have increased since September 2021, with the aim that the additional money raised will be used to improve service quality. 

Whilst the news of increases may not be particularly welcome to landlords, there is a hope that the extra revenue generated for the public purse will help clear the backlog and improve court processing times.

Should you require any further help and guidance, please contact Kate Hicks or Stephanie Atkins who will be happy to assist.

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