A Quick Guide to Evicting Tenants in the UK

As any landlord knows, renting out property can be very lucrative and can mean earning a good monthly income, with many cash property buyers deciding to become landlords. However, there are also risks involved, which includes ending up with tenants that fail to pay the rent or breach their tenancy in some other way.

In this event, you may want to familiarise yourself with how to evict a tenant.

Evicting tenants can be a long and drawn out process, although this can depend on a number of factors. When it comes to evicting a tenant you need to make sure you do things by the book and that everything is done legally and above board. This will help to ensure that your tenant eviction is successful.

Steps that you need to take 

There are a number of steps that you need to take in order to ensure that you are evicting a tenant in line with the law. This includes:

  • Give notice of the eviction: You need to give your tenant at least two months notice of the intended eviction, and this is known as a Section 21 notice. The notice must be written and must also provide details of the date of possession.
  • Seeking a possession order: Once the Section 21 has been served, the tenant should legally move out by the required date. However, this does not always happen and if the tenant has not moved you will need to go to court in order to seek a possession order. These orders cannot be made during the first six months of the tenancy. You may also be able to opt for an accelerated possession order, which does not involve a court hearing but will incur a fee.
  • Take a witness: If you are having trouble getting the tenant to open the door in order to serve your notice, you can take along a witness to verify that you have put the notice through the letterbox. This will then be considered as having been served the following day as long as it is posted through prior to 5pm.

Speaking to your tenants

 Before you go down the eviction route, it is worth further investigation in order to see why your tenant is having or causing issues.

With matters such as late or missed rent payments there may be a plausible explanation such as temporary income problems. In this event, you might want to consider coming to an arrangement with the tenant with regards to any outstanding rent, as this could save you the hassle and time involved with evictions.

If you have a tenant that has not really caused you any issues in the past, it is definitely worth speaking to them in a bid to reach some arrangement, as otherwise you could be left with an empty property or a problem tenant may move in.

If you do decide to go down the eviction route, bear in mind that if you do not follow procedure you will find it very difficult to get the tenant out of the property.

Have you ever evicted a tenant? How did it go? Let us know in the comments below.

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