22nd October 2019
Q. How do I evict my tenants?
A. There are several ways of ending a tenancy, some methods are more elegant and straight forward than others – it doesn’t necessarily need to be a messy or aggressive affair.
Before going in all guns blazing, it’s always worth trying the diplomatic approach. Depending on the situation you could simply ask the tenant to leave and explain your reasons for your request.
You might be surprised, your tenant may be amenable to vacate your property willingly. If your tenant agrees, make sure he/she signs a document clarifying the agreement.
SERVE A VALID POSSESSION NOTICE
Failing the diplomatic approach, you may now want to consider serving a possession notice, either a Section 21 Notice or a Section 8 Notice. It may make sense to serve one over the other, but it will entirely depend on your circumstances.
A Section Notice is typically enough to force the tenant to surrender the tenancy, so court action may not be required. Approximately 80% of tenants leave after being served notice.
Please note, failure to serve this notice correctly may delay the repossession and it is wise to consult a professional to advise you or do this for you.
GETTING A COURT ORDER
Once the relevant Section Notice has expired and if the tenant has not paid you the rent due or moved out of your property, you may apply for a hearing at a County Court. For more information on arranging a hearing at a county court, please go to the County Court HMCTS page.
GET THE BAILIFFS INVOLVED
Having won the repossession order in court, most tenants will vacate your property as instructed. However, if they do not, you must arrange for Court Bailiffs to remove your tenant.
If in doubt, or if all of this sounds like too much hard work for you, please contact the office as we offer tailor made services to help you.