A common challenge for landlords in possession claims is that court rules say that directions must be made if a possession claim appears to be disputed on grounds that appear to be substantial. 

There has been a new county court decision on this that I have discussed in more detail within my recent ebriefing, Defended possession claims and directions at first hearings.

His Honour Judge Jan Luba QC has clarified that the threshold for this is relatively low. Landlords can expect this to be referred to by duty advisors at first possession hearings.