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11:59 AM, 1st May 2018, About 4 years ago

How long does it take for a tenant eviction?

I have found the eviction procedure a nightmare. My tennant lost her job in November3017. I let the property through Frank Innes letting agency but had a good relationship with my tennant. She gave her son as guarantor due to a non payment of £200 Council tax in the past being flagged up (she stated was during a relationship breakup when it was overlooked.) At the time she appeared completely genuine working for 13 yrs as a carer for the same company. After 6 months we extended her tenancy for a year but after a further 6 months she lost her job & stopped paying rent. After 2 months of continually lies & false promises & despite getting payment from her employer & being awarded benefits inc £395 housing benefit she failed to pay anything towards her rent or arrears. We served section 8 & 21 which ended on Feb 12th. She still made no attempt to pay or move out. More excuses & no communication from either her or her guarantor despite many attempts to contact them. Blinds continually closed at property so Rental agency delivered an abandonment notice as they thought she’d left the property. My tennant then got in touch & said she was still living there & the Council had told her to stay put until she was evicted & made homeless by the balliffs. After eventually finding out I could submit a UC 47 form to claim HB payments direct, my agency claimed that they had sent a completed a Gov.Uk official UC 47 form on 23rd Feb .. (twice by secure email & once in the post). They omitted my Tennants NI number off the form as at the time claimed they did not have access to it. They have since found it but will not release the info (despite UC dept requesting it) as they say it’s breeching data protection.
So Uc dept are saying they can’t access my tennants file without it & can’t trace the UC47 forms.
My agency have now filled in more UC 47 forms which the UC dept sent them & say the NI number is not required on the form.
As my tennant is now nearly 6 months in arrears I have now employed a Solicitor & been advised to go down the Accelerated possession route & then bailiffs & locksmiths. I have informed the UC dept that she has been receiving benefit for housing for nearly 3 months but has not paid any rent. UC say nothing they can do as without her NI number they can’t access her file which will be linked with my UC 47 form. This is despite me making them aware that she is claiming benefit fraudulently.
Meanwhile my tennant is sitting pretty, living rent free, guarantor can’t be contacted, & she is pocketing all the allocated £395 on top of her other benefit. & I’m struggling to live on my small £500/month NHS pension.
I feel I have followed the set procedures with relation to eviction & tried to at first be understanding & try to come to some alternative manageble rent arrangement but have just been rewarded by lies. I can’t do anything that may be seen as harrassement & if it now goes smoothly it’s looking like a further few months before I get my property back.
It’s a nightmare!!!... Read More