“We wanted to thank you both for all your help and support in the removal of our tenants A very stressful and expensive process which has definitely put us off ever renting out properties in the future! We have spent a week cleaning the house which was filthy & clearing the garden ready for viewings this weekend as we lost our buyer and are now both exhausted. But relieved that it’s all over. We have now paid our final Invoice to Phoenix and the Solicitor, and checking that we don’t owe you any more money? we can then finally close the book on this nightmare chapter of our lives. Thank you both again, I will highly recommend your Company if I hear of anyone else struggling to evict tenants” – Elaine & David Shannon
“I just wanted to email to say a huge thank you for all your work on this case Rossanna, your experience, professionalism and efforts have been fundamental in helping me to regain my property this July. I appreciate all the guidance and contact you provided throughout the process and appreciate your contact out of hours to ensure I was up to date and keep things ticking over” – Mr Tobi Yinusa
“I have finally got the result. I would like to convey my appreciation to Joanne, whom has always been very attentive to my email and queries at all time.
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If the tenancy began after 1st October 2016, you must have served a valid Gas Safety Certiﬁcate and Energy Performance Certiﬁcate on the Tenant before serving a Section 21 Notice.
If You rented to a company then they will not have an Assured Short hold Tenancy and we will need to serve a Notice to Quit. This is a 28 day notice and can also be used for any type of breach of contract.
If the tenant has stopped paying the rent or has breached the contract, then a Section 8 Notice can be used, you need to be aware that there will always be a hearing.
What happens after the notice
In order to prove your case you will require evidence such as rent statements. (if the tenant is in rent arrears), witness statement if the tenant is subletting and so forth.
Hearings are usually less than 10 mins long because in most cases they are undefended, should they become defended they are likely to be adjourned and relisted for a longer time with directions on how the case is to be conducted. Mostly when these hearings become defended it is because the tenant is claiming disrepair.
Once you obtain a possession order the tenant is most likely to only be given 14 days to vacate the property.
If the Tenant won’t leave
You cannot guarantee that the tenant will leave on the possession date.
Do not just turn up at the property and change the locks, if you do you could be arrested under the Prevention of Eviction Act 1977. Tenant still has rights to the property
You must appoint a bailiff.
County Court bailiﬀ can take 4-10 weeks to attend and sometimes the day before the eviction the Tenant may try and make an application to court for more time.
You may wish to appoint the High Court Enforcement officers to do the eviction. This can only be done if the County Court has agreed that the matter can be transferred up to the High Court.