by David Asker
11:44 AM, 17th May 2018, About 4 years ago
The first question to ask is do you have a clause in your tenancy agreement prohibiting pet ownership at the property?
Landlords commonly will have a clause prohibiting pet ownership for the following reasons:
If you don’t have clause prohibiting ownership, then there isn’t anything you can do apart from ensuring that if you don’t wish tenants to have pets that you include a clause on future tenancy agreements.
The good news is, if you do have a clause you can give notice to your tenant under section 8 clause 12 of the Housing Act 1988. Section 8 clause 12 covers a breach of the tenancy agreement.
You should ask for the pet be removed and refer to the clause in the tenancy agreement. You should always document carefully any correspondence with the tenant for your records and so that if the court requests this detail you are able to supply it.
If the pet is not removed, you can then begin the paperwork to seek possession.
You must fill out form 3 which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/as…
You’ll need to outline the reason and state that it is due to a breach as well as stating what the breach is. This form will need to be sent to the tenant as it is the formal notice seeking possession.
Once you have informed your tenant that you will be applying for possession after the notice period of 14 days and they have not vacated the property in the specified timescale you can apply for possession.
You must firstly apply for possession including an application to transfer up to the High Court this will enable you to bypass the lengthy waiting times for a County Court Bailiff. We will then be able to act on your behalf to enforce the Possession Order using a Writ of Possession, you must complete this form https://assets.publishing.serv… it will cost £355, you must send the completed form to your local court, this can be found by searching by postcode here https://courttribunalfinder.se…
Once you have your possession order you should complete the following steps:
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