Housing court duty schemes

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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 Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS) provides last-minute help to people facing eviction or repossession.  In Cumbria the scheme operates at four County Courts: Carlisle, Workington, Kendal and Barrow.

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.

HPCDS 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 HPCDS legal adviser at the court, ask for the Housing Possession 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 HPCDS legal advisers can help you with:

  • free legal advice
  • referral onwards (if necessary)
  • representation at the hearing (if appropriate).

Eviction
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.

Repossession
If you have a mortgage and the lender is seeking to repossess your home, then we can help.

We operate the HPCDS on the following days

Carlisle County Court usually holds repossession hearings on Wednesdays.
Workington County Court usually holds repossession hearings on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Kendal County Court usually holds repossession hearings on Fridays.
Barrow County Court usually holds repossession hearings on Tuesdays or Thursdays.