Tenants to face bigger fees if they fall behind with rent

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Tenants of Chorley Community Housing (CCH) who do not pay their rent will face bigger legal bills from this month.

Fees for issuing eviction notices to social tenants are to increase by 150 per cent to £250.

From April 22, the court fee for online notices seeking possession proceedings in a county court will increase from £100 to £250, with the fee for paper claims rising from £175 to £280.

The move comes as part of a wider decision by the Ministry of Justice to raise court fees in a number of areas in the civil courts to raise nearly £200 million.

CCH director of operations, Richard Houghton, said: “You will not incur legal costs if you are struggling with rent but seek help and advice from us.”