Tenant Eviction is a process which several landlords under-estimate.
Some people will tell you that evicting tenants is simple, “oh just issue a section 21 notice or a section 8 notice” are words often spoken at landlords gatherings and on our internet forums.
Well, perhaps it is easy when you know how, and especially when you have the model tenant. However, I have been a landlord since 1989 and I know that tenants don’t always leave when you would like them to!
If you serve notice and your tenants don’t leave that’s when the problems really start.
Even after all these years the jargon still bamboozles me from time to time.
I still have to check which type of section 21 notice to serve depending on whether the tenancy is within the fixed term or has gone statutory periodic. I then need to check what the correct date of service is and make certain that I’ve served deposit protection certificates and prescribed information properly and that’s a minefield if ever there was one. Don’t even get me started on the varying grounds for service of section 8 notices! And all of that is before you can even apply for a possession order in Court!!!
Well it’s hardly surprising that so many tenancy evictions fail at Court. I could write war and peace here on all of the areas where things go wrong but I will leave that to the regulars on our property form.
The reality of the situation is that if you want to recover possession of your property quickly you are probably going to need some professional help.
Landlord Associations are very well meaning and there are thousands of companies advertising on the internet who will be pleased to help you complete the required forms for a small fee. The bottom line though is that it will still be YOU serving the papers and the well meaning souls advising you might not have thought to ask you every question to identify the areas which might catch you out.
There is only one company I know of which has successfully evicted over 20,000 tenants. They operate a fixed fee service and they handle the entire process. They even have in house solicitors to check every detail and process all of the Court papers for you. They have been in business since 1999 and over 210,000 calls have been received on their free landlords helpline.
Chances are, you will have great tenants and will never need to evict them. They will respect your property, pay the rent and respect their neighbours. However, very occasionally, things go wrong, no matter how diligent you have been in terms of referencing. Bad tenants often ignore or dispute whatever type of eviction notices you use. You might even be in that position now?
Some tenants need a little more persuasion to leave!
It’s not just bad tenants who need to be evicted in a timely manner either. You may want to sell your property or move back into it. The last thing you want is to lose a sale or be homeless yourself because your tenants refuse to move out when you want them to, and believe me, it does happen, and when it does some tenants will use every trick in the book to retain possession.
I learned all about tenant eviction the hard way, it took me 18 months of grief and no rent to get rid of my tenant from hell.
I wish I had known Landlord Action back then as their fixed fee service would have saved me thousands!
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