12:21 PM, 4th August 2014, About 7 years ago 27
I am going to be very brief and leave out information I do not feel relevant so I can get straight to the point.
I have taken over a HMO which has tenants that do not pay rent. (They did initially but not now) There were initially 3 tenants however one has left, so 2 remaining. I want them all out.
There is no agreement and no deposit.
1. Call the police and get them out (squatters) – From my understanding, they are not squatters as they did not enter the properly illegally (they used to pay rent once upon a time)
2. Use a service like landlord action. This is probably the best option, but will take time and money, something I can avoid if the next option is possible.
3. As there is no contract in place, what is stopping me from waiting until they leave the house then going in and changing the locks and then throwing their stuff out? This is something I would never do in a normal tenancy, but this is not a normal case. Can it backfire on me?
I have tried several times to get them to sign an agreement, once signed, I can then serve them a section 21, however they do not want to sign anything.
Interested to hear your thoughts.
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