Recovering fees for enforcing tenancy orders
Question from alan updated on 30th January 2007:
Our expert Jeff Montgomery responded:
When an order of the Tenancy Tribunal is enforced through the Courts, for example via an order for examination, the creditor will be able to recover the amount payable by the debtor as stated on the original order. All enforcement activities require a specific action to start the proceedings, for example making an application or filing a document in the District Court. Most enforcement activities attract a fee. All fees paid for enforcement can be recovered from the judgment debtor. This means the fees are added to the amount the debtor owes. However, this will not include any subsequent costs associated with enforcement, such as private debt collection costs.
Last year the Minister for Building and Construction announced proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, including allowing landlords to recover reasonable private debt collection costs incurred in enforcing Tenancy Tribunal orders. Further work is being done on proposed changes to the Act. Once the final decisions are taken, a draft Bill will be developed for Parliament to consider this year.
The Collections Unit at the Ministry of Justice is responsible for the enforcement of civil judgments (including orders of the Tenancy and Disputes Tribunals). For more information on enforcing civil court orders please contact 0800 658 952 or visit Justice or see the new brochure “Enforcing a sealed mediator’s order or Tenancy Tribunal order” online at DBH Enforcing Sealed Order
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