A theme I write about from time to time is the decision of government to cut back on legal aid funding for civil law. The Ministry of Justice says that civil law is something that the general public don’t really need advice on as its easy to understand.
To illustrate quite how simple civil law is, a recent Court of Appeal case – Cardiff City Council v Lee (Flowers) – the following ruling was made: “…that all landlords seeking to issue a warrant of possession for breach of suspended order for possession must make an application to the Court for permission to request a warrant of possession supported by evidence of breach for the suspended possession order”.
For landlords like BHT it means that the N244 application cost is £110, on top of the N235 application cost which is another £110.This is bad news for landlords like BHT that don’t usually seek to recover the cost of possession cases from the outgoing tenant. It is bad news for BHT Advice clients as they will incur these costs because most landlords do seek to recover these costs from them.
If you have struggled to follow this, don’t worry, the Ministry of Justice says that civil law is something that the general public don’t need advice on as its easy to understand….