16:26 PM, 16th January 2019, About 3 years ago 10
Did you know that legislation exists to ensure that tenants are treated by Council’s as being at risk of homelessness when a valid Section 21 notice is served, NOT when a court order is made, and certainly before bailiffs are appointed?
On this basis, advice given to tenants by Council’s and other organisations like Shelter, to ‘stay put’ may well be seriously flawed, in addition to being unfair and stressful to both landlords and tenants alike.
To combat this I have produced a letter template which I recommend all landlords and letting agents to send to tenants when they are being served with Section 21 or Section 8 notices.
The letter template is designed to be informative and helpful to tenants who may be concerned about being made homeless, and it makes it very clear that Councils should not be advising them to stay put and wait for a bailiff eviction.
The letter will also be useful to tenants when visiting their local Council with a view to making a homelessness application or seeking support, as it gives them an indication of what to expect. It includes references to the relevant legislation and Government guidance, and how tenants can contact their MP if they feel they are being ‘fobbed off’ or badly advised.
As you may be aware, I run a ‘not for profit’ organisation which provides supported accommodation for homeless people and I am always looking for innovative ways to raise funds. If you make a reasonable donation to my organisation (most people donate around £20 but every little helps) I will send you a link to the letter template by return.
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