552. Possession claims: hearing date, service and response.

On issuing the claim form the court fixes a date for the hearing1. However, if the claim is not made at the County Court hearing centre which serves the address where the land is situated, a date will be fixed for hearing when the claim is received by that hearing centre2.

The date must be not less than 28 days from the date of issue of the form3, and the defendant must be served with the claim form and particulars of claim not less than 21 days before the hearing date4. An acknowledgment of service is not required5, although the