0:01 AM, 12th September 2023, About 3 weeks ago 39
Hello, I moved from Kent to another part of the country for my son’s education and I rented out my house to a family with 3 kids. It didn’t work out for my son’s school and we wanted to come back to our home, but the tenant didn’t want to move out.
We had to find alternative accommodation from December 2022. I served Section 21 to the tenant in January to move out at the end of March, but he didn’t. Since then he stopped paying rent. We asked the court for a possession order in April, but the tenant put up a very dramatic defence claiming extreme hardship. The case was heard outside the court and the judge awarded him another 6 months to stay at the property due to some specific wording he found in our contract (our lawyer said that shouldn’t be the case!). We have been advised by the lawyer to reissue s21, which we did and we also served him with s8 for unpaid rent (now 6 months unpaid) and we have a hearing on 25th September.
Most likely our tenant will be using all sorts of tricks to get away from paying, using extreme hardship. Some time ago the tenant offered to buy our house, therefore he must have money! Recently, we also discovered he already has 3 CCJs on his name.
Please advise how can I deal with that kind of tenant to get out to have our home back quicker. How can we believe the law system will be on our side with the tenant claiming extreme hardship? We have to pay the mortgage and rent while waiting for him to move out!!!