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Always seek legal/money advice before your hearing and as soon as possible. This will give you more time to get your evidence together and a better chance of keeping your home. Failure to seek legal advice well in advance could mean the difference between a favourable and unfavourable outcome at your hearing.
The Housing Court Duty Scheme (HCDS) provides last-minute help to people facing eviction or repossession. In South West London the scheme operates at three County Courts: Croydon, Kingston-upon-Thames and Wandsworth.
Specialist legal advisers attend the court on the days when repossession cases are being heard. These advisers are available to all tenants or mortgage-holders facing eviction or repossession – regardless of income – who have a hearing listed on that day.
HCDS advisers are limited in what they can achieve on the hearing date, so you will also need to seek legal advice well in advance of the hearing.
To find the HCDS legal adviser at the court, ask for the Housing Court Duty Scheme. The legal adviser might be very busy on the day, so you need to arrive at court about an hour before your hearing is listed.
The HCDS legal advisers can help you with:
If your landlord (private, Council or Housing Association) has served you a Notice Seeking Possession (or Notice to Quit) or has issued court proceedings, then we can help. We can also help if your landlord has applied for the bailiffs (warrant of possession). It does not matter why your landlord is trying to evict you.
If you have a mortgage and the lender is seeking to repossess your home, then we can help.
We operate the HCDS on the following days
Croydon County Court usually holds repossession hearings on Wednesdays and Fridays. We also attend Croydon County Court on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for warrant cases.
Kingston County Court usually holds repossession hearings on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Wandsworth County Court usually holds repossession hearings on Wednesdays.