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The costs of going to court and the financing choices that are available to people faced with a housing court case, usually in the county court.

It looks at the costs implications of acting in person, seeking advice or appointing a legal representative, as well as support that may be obtained in the form of public funding. This section also covers the level of costs and types of costs orders, as well as the costs assessment procedure and ways of challenging bills of costs.

Overview of costs

Definition of costs, how the court decides which party to a legal dispute should pay the costs, and how much a court case is likely to cost. 

Legal aid and options for those faced with costs

Choices available to a client who is faced with the bill for the court's costs. 

Paying privately for a solicitor

Situations where a client pays privately for a solicitor and conditional fee agreements. 

Costs in different tracks

Costs in the three different tracks that claims can be allocated to. 

Costs in specific cases

Issues in housing cases with regard to costs, including mortgage cases and judicial review cases. 

Types of costs order available

Interim costs orders, which are made during the course of proceedings, and the different types of interim and final costs orders that can be made. 

Standard or indemnity basis

Once the court has decided which party is to pay for the costs of the case, it will then assess how much the party will have to pay. 

Assessment procedures

This section explains what factors the court must take into account when assessing costs, and explains the two methods used for assessing costs. 

Money judgments

A claim for possession of rented property may include a claim for rent arrears and costs 

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