Landlords may legally evict tenants for one of three basic reasons. First and most common is for not paying rent. Secondly for other non-trivial violations of the tenancy agreement. Alternatively, landlords may also evict tenants whose tenancy has expired to gain back possession of the property.
Landlords may not harass their tenants to try to get them to leave. Specifically, they may not cut off utilities and are not to change the locks.
Landlords must give tenants a notice to quit before evicting them. The precise timing and form of the notice varies by the actual notice used.
Usually after giving tenants notice of eviction, landlords must wait the given time period for the notice to expire. If, after this time has passed, tenants have not vacated the property voluntarily, the landlord cannot simply physically remove them. Instead, the landlord must get a court order. This is usually a long winded process but that’s why we are here to help you.
Sometimes, even though a landlord has a court order instructing a tenant to leave, the tenant still refuses to leave. In these cases, the landlord must apply for a Bailiff to help remove the tenant.
For landlords, evictions are frustrating, expensive, and sometimes dangerous. Landlords will have to pay court fees, instruct a solicitor, and apply for a bailiff to actually evict the tenant. The process can take weeks or months to complete, during which landlords are rarely able to collect rent from the tenant he or she is evicting. Many landlords are not completely familiar with housing laws, and innocent procedural mistakes can delay evictions by weeks or longer and produce a large legal bill in doing so.
The eviction of a tenant has to follow a special legal procedure and the process involved depends on the type of tenancy. A landlord who tries to evict a tenant illegally may be committing a criminal offence.
This is why we are here to guide you and offer you through the whole process to make it seamless and take all the stress away from you.
We offer a complete eviction service from start to finish (excluding court fees) for a fixed Admin fee of £250 to do all the legal notices and court application and bailiff application.
Please contact us and we will arrange a convenient time for you to come into the office or book a phone consultation.
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