Regaining possession of a private sector leased property?

Regaining possession of a private sector leased property?

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9:26 AM, 12th April 2024, About 2 months ago 12

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Hi, does anyone have any experience of getting possession of their property back which is leased under a private sector leasing agreement (PSL) to a council / agency?

I have seen articles that councils are not giving properties back to landlords after notice is served. Ignoring the notice.

I am interested in exactly what sort of notice should be given (i.e. Notice to Quit), and what steps people would advise to take to regain possession.

Things like recommended solicitors, what sort of defences/excuses the council will use to keep the property such as Human Rights, their Statutory Obligations etc and generally people’s experiences of going through this dreadful process.

Thank you,


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Rashpal Devgun

6:09 AM, 30th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Jason Lewis at 29/04/2024 - 18:05
Hi Jason,
I used Anami Agencies who are brokers. The insurance company was General Services and Helplines insurance.
I have also used Aviva for another property.
Rent was never stopped, I just wanted my properties back from the Agent who had re let to the council.
The tenants kept the properties in a filthy condition with big dogs etc.
The court process took around 3 months. The judge awarded us £3000 in legal costs. We also sued the Agent for £5000 for damages to each property. He has just paid up.
He paid us £1700 per month rent for each and sublet it to the council for £2700 per month so had made tons of money for each flat these 40 months.
There are too many of these rogue agents around exploiting the shortage of rental properties and the councils seem to be working in tandem with them to re house people on benefits etc.
I own 6 properties and now insure each and every one regardless of how good the references etc are. Legal costs can run into thousands of pounds if you are unlucky. The policies cost £200 so worth every penny.
I have 2 tenants in situ for 7 and 11 years. Both very good but I've still taken this insurance out just in case one of them turns hostile.

Rashpal Devgun

6:15 AM, 30th April 2024, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Jason Lewis at 14/04/2024 - 20:36
Yes this is true and will work. You will need a lot of patience though but eventually it will come right.

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