So, it was suggested by a politician on last week’s BBC Question Time that it takes just TWO MONTHS to evict a tenant from a residential home.
We at Helpland would like to help put this comment straight and clear up any confusion that may have arisen from this comment!
The average time to evict a tenant is around 6 to 8 months and for full clarity, let us explain:
Firstly you can’t serve notice under a section 8 until the tenant are 2 months in arrears. After this, if the tenant don’t move out, we need to apply for a Possession Order which normally takes around 2 to 3 months. Then, if the tenant in arrears doesn’t vacate your property you will need to instruct a County Court bailiff which can also take a further 2 to 3 months.
In total, a typical eviction takes between 6 and 8 months. The Government’s directive came into effect on the 27th March postponing all notices and applications for evictions for the next three months but this does not meant that we cannot serve notice (they just won’t take effect for those three months). If a notice is served NOW, they will be at the top of the pile when the suspension is lifted.
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Lee and Mark, Helpland Ltd