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From our heritage as Sheriffs we have developed our property services for the benefit of our community so they have a one-stop shop of protection.

Join us on this episode of the Shergroup podcast as we delve into the complex and frustrating world of evictions in England and Wales. For far too long, the issue of exercising discretion by county court judges under Section 42(2) of the County Courts Act 1984 has been a contentious and elusive subject, leaving claimant landlords in a state of uncertainty. It’s time to put an end to this eviction mess.

Since the Rules were changed in 2001, the situation has progressively worsened, resulting in a system that often feels like a lottery for landlords seeking to regain possession of their properties from non-paying or anti-social tenants. This inconsistency in the enforcement of county court orders for possession has not only created barriers to justice but has also contributed to a sense of politicking in the housing sector, where difficult decisions are being made through the back door.

Surprisingly, there is even a letter circulating among the judiciary, advising them not to grant permission to transfer an order for possession to the High Court for enforcement. This revelation, shared by reliable sources, raises significant concerns. What could be the motivation behind such a directive? We aim to shed light on this matter and explore its implications.

To address the pressing need for transparency and fairness in the eviction process, Shergroup is conducting a comprehensive study that will soon be published. This study will provide valuable data on the courts that allow transfers of possession orders to the High Court and those that systematically refuse to do so. By shining a spotlight on these practices, we hope to initiate a broader discussion on the importance of “FairTransfers” for landlords who meet a transparent set of criteria, ultimately enabling them to enforce eviction orders more effectively.

In this episode, we will be joined by Claire Sandbrook, the CEO of Shergroup, and her experienced team. Together, they will explore the intricacies of the eviction mess in England and Wales, offering insights and solutions for landlords navigating this challenging landscape. Whether you’re a landlord, tenant, legal professional, or simply interested in the state of housing affairs, this episode will provide valuable perspectives and actionable recommendations.

To learn more about Shergroup and connect with Claire and her team, visit our website at There, you can find contact information to call, chat, or email us. Don’t miss this opportunity to join the conversation and contribute to the ongoing efforts to solve the eviction mess in England and Wales.

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Last updated | 19 July 2023

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