Landlord seeking to obtain possession of their property
Most tenancies are granted on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. Landlords may wish to evict a tenant to simply regain possession of their property. A Section 21 notice needs to be served on a tenant providing at least 2 months’ notice to leave. Proceedings will need to be issued at court should the tenant not leave by the specified date.
A tenant who stops paying their rent is a common problem. In order to evict a tenant for rent arrears a Section 8 notice needs to be served on them providing at least 2 weeks’ notice before proceedings are commenced at court.
Please note that in light of Covid-19 the above time frames have been altered by the Government and there is also a suspension on new evictions until 23rd August 2020.
Provided the correct procedure is followed most landlords will be able to successfully evict a tenant and regain possession of their property. Some tenants may decide to leave the property and the process will be shortened. It is essential for a landlord to comply with their legal obligations on commencement of a tenancy and throughout to ensure that they are not prevented from obtaining possession.