Waiting for Directions Hearing - HELP!!!!

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My tenant hasn't paid rent since June and has accumulated arrears through the tenancy as well which means she owes approximately 5K now.

We gave her notice in April/May to leave since we wanted to sell the house but she ignored it. When we sent the estate agent round she denied them entry. Since then we have issued Accelerated Proceedings (without chasing for arrears because we were told its faster).

She then issued a Counterclaim against us and also a Disrepair Protocol letter and claims that we are harassing her because the neighbour is calling her a "squatter" and is claiming 5k from us. Needless to say all of this is wholly untrue.

Anyway our lawyer who is handling the case has submitted all the forms and issued all the notices. Apparently now we are waiting for the Court to have a Directions Hearing. She says that this could take until Sept/Oct for the directions hearing and then the same length of time again for the hearing where the order is issued.

Is there REALLY nothing else we can do to make this happen faster?

We are truly loosing a small fortune in mortgage payments in coordination with the unpaid rent.

19/08/2011 00:00

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