553. Possession claims: the hearing.

553.     Possession claims: the hearing.

Each party to possession proceedings should, wherever possible, include all the evidence he wishes to present in his statement of case, verified by a statement of truth1. Where relevant, the claimant's evidence should include the amount of any rent or mortgage arrears and interest on those arrears2, and the defendant should give evidence of the amount of any outstanding social security or housing benefit payments relevant to rent or mortgage arrears3, as well as the status of pending social security claims and applications4. Where the claimant serves the claim form and particulars