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Tenants Rights

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will issue guidelines to the courts to ensure that where a landlord with a buy-to-let mortgage falls into arrears and the lender applies to the courts, the rights and housing needs of any tenant are taken into consideration. (232573)

The Government are fully committed to supporting and maintaining a strong and independent judiciary and, in accordance with that, constitutionally has no powers to issue guidance to them. The Civil Procedure Rules already require that lenders give notice of a claim to legal tenants, providing them with an opportunity to make representations to the court.