This three-minute read explores the reasons why evictions happen and how they are carried out.
Getting to the stage where you have to evict your tenants is difficult for everyone involved and should always be considered as a last resort. It might be deemed necessary when:
Due to the pandemic, the rules have changed as to when you can start eviction proceedings. Also, different tenancy types have different rules as to the process.
There is a very specific process you must follow in order to carry out an eviction. If you don’t, you can be found guilty of harassing or even illegally evicting the tenants.
In England and Wales, if your tenants have an assured shorthold tenancy, the following steps are necessary.
If you are owed rent but the tenant claims Universal Credit or Housing Benefit, you may not have to evict them. Instead, you can speak to DWP or the local council, respectively, to have the rent paid straight to you. This is called ‘managed payments’.
In Scotland, if your tenants have a Private Residential Tenancy, the following steps are necessary:
The amount of notice you have to give the tenant can be 28 days’ notice or 84 days’ notice, depending on the reasons for ending the tenancy.
It can be easy to get one or more steps wrong throughout these processes. It’s very important that you seek the correct legal advice from appropriate professionals. The cost implications of getting it wrong can be significant, so it’s worth doing it correctly in the first instance.
If you’re a landlord or a tenant in Oxfordshire and are concerned about possible eviction, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 01869 248339.
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