Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
I have two tenants (a retired old lady and her son) in my flat with 3 months left on an AST, who I kept from a BTL purchase three months ago.
We had a new AST shortly after the purchase completion, but only leaving his mum on the contract, as he claimed he didn’t live there permanently. Her son keeps managing all matters with me, as she doesn’t speak English etc. but he does live there most of his time in UK.
The AST has a 6 month break clause with two month notice, with close-to-three month-rent deposit.
There aren’t major problems, but he never managed to setup standing orders(breaking AST), never giving ASAP notice for repairs (breaking AST). He shows aggression, poor communication and a rude attitude treating me like his servant etc.
Recently he refuses to make phone or applications for a government backed free boiler scheme. etc, after reporting heating from boiler not working two months later and being instructed by me to do a free boiler application.
I now want to consider evicting them out of the property, as they are very difficult to work with on a reasonable level and have an inappropriate attitude and manner.
If I do give them section 21 they may choose to stop paying the rent, and then I only discover they are not out in two month times, then court procedure kicks in which takes another two months also, they may be aggressively damaging the property etc. However I do have close to three months deposit in my hand to cover the period.
So what would be your recommendation in such situation? I’d very much like a clean eviction with as little trouble as possible, more importantly as soon as possible too.
I believe if I wait for them to leave naturally, they will stay for years to come, which I don’t want to live with.
Look forward to your advice.
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