The Eviction Process
Evicting tenants can be a somewhat inconvenient and problematic process for Landlords. This is because it is often difficult to ascertain the different procedures, laws and rights. Once you have these tools, a decision can be made on what steps need to be taken to make the procedure far less stressful and easier to manage.
Specific procedures have to be followed in order to carry out a lawful eviction. It is a criminal offence to evict tenants without following these legal protocols.
The eviction process should be initiated by serving written notice to the tenant. Please see resources in relation to either a section 21 or a section 8 for further guidance. The notice served must detail the reasons why the tenant should be evicted, making reference to the tenancy in place where required.
It is imperative that the correct notice period is given or delays could be further incurred at court. The notice period given is dependent on the type of notice you are serving.
If the tenants fail to comply with the notice served, then an application can be made to the court for a possession order and costs. If and when this is granted, the tenant will be given notice to leave the property within a set amount of time.
Should the tenants fail to vacate the property, an application can be sent to the court to instruct Bailiffs to remove them from the property.
If you require additional information on the correct process to follow, please feel free to contact a member of our team who will be happy to assist you further.
Helpland Ltd assists landlords and letting agents throughout England and Wales providing valuable advice on multiple areas of eviction.