How to evict a tenant
Stage 1 – Serving notice
The tenant is served with a s.21 Notice to bring the tenancy to an end or a s.8 Notice if there has been a breach of tenancy. Sometimes both notices are served together. In addition, we will also write a strongly worded but professional letter to the tenant in which we advise them of the implications of non-compliance with the notice.
Stage 2 – Possession proceedings
If the tenant has not complied with the notice, we will complete the necessary court paperwork so that you can obtain a court order. We will also write to the tenant to make them aware that we are applying for possession, and again alert them to the implications.
Many tenants will stop paying their rent because they are being evicted, some will have already stopped paying their rent -however most of them will believe that the very action of being evicted will mean they are entitled to Council accommodation. This is simply not the case – and in most cases non-payment of rent will mean that they will be deemed by the Council to have made themselves homeless – in effect they could make themselves un-houseable as they won’t be able to secure private accommodation without a reference from their current landlord.
Stage 3 – Applying for the bailiffs
Once the court order has expired we can apply for a warrant of possession to physically evict your tenant. This is usually the county court bailiffs, however if the county court bailiff in your area is likely to take an excessive amount of time we can apply for a High Court Writ of Possession which will take 7-14 days (please contact us about this as there are additional costs involved).