Evicting Bad Tenants (Section 21) – This is the hard realty of the letting markets, the gruesome and sad position none of us would wish on others, but unfortunately, evicting tenants is a necessary but sometimes complicated process. There’s a wide range of reasons why you might want to evict a tenant, some of which fall within the normal operation of a tenancy, but some of which can be more stressful. However, the eviction process needn’t be complex, and by understanding the rules you can make sure that you stay on the right side of the law which is where the Section 21 Notice comes into effect. Every landlord’s dream is to grow their portfolio and have trouble-free tenants and smooth transactions. Dealing with difficult tenants is a challenge all landlords want to avoid.
By law, it is important to note that you must give the tenants at least two months’ notice if you are using a Section 21 notice. Then second stage is going to court and the third and final stage is the use of bailiffs. These three stages are a legal requirement and must be fully complied with.
Our clients whose properties we fully manage, the eviction process is part of the service agreement, meaning there are no void periods in your rent, with all required repairs carried out as soon as the property is covered on our part.
It will always feel that the law will seem in the tenant’s favour and at AMS Housing we have dealt with many Section 21 notice evictions. The prospect of having to fight to get your property back within 4-6 months is a very daunting one. We have always been very selective of tenants and carefully choose who to take on and eliminate such possible scenarios for the future.
The quickest form of eviction is ‘accelerated possession’, which can take between 8-12 weeks, which compared to 4-6 months is a better timescale for reclaiming back property.
Accelerated possession is a process we may be able to use if your tenants have not left the property by the date specified on your Section 21 notice. In every case your rent is guaranteed and safeguarded in our agreement, once we take over your property.
In the event of us having to issue a Section 21 Notice to tenants, the burden and stress of any case will be on our shoulders, giving you, the landlord a piece of mind and continuous rental income and all the legal fees being covered as part of the service from us.
If you are not a regular client, but require eviction support we can still help. Contact us.