Eviction checklist for landlords

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Before you start the eviction process, you need to ensure that you are using the correct paperwork, there are two pieces of legislation that cover evictions of residential tenants these are section 8 and section 21.

Eviction checklist under Section 8

You must have proof that either there are rental arrears or that the tenancy agreement has been breached, the breach can be for example keeping pets at a property where you have explicitly stated this is not allowed in your agreement. There might be undocumented individuals living at the property or even illegal activity taking place there.

You must then obtain a possession order from the court, in your application you must state the grounds that you are applying under these include:

  • Rental arrears
  • Tenancy breach
  • Anti-social behaviour at the property
  • Damage to property
  • False information was given by the tenant on the lease
  • The property is being repossessed by the mortgagee

Eviction checklist under Section 21

The first piece of advice we can offer landlords considering a section 21 eviction is to check that they have fulfilled their statutory obligations as landlords.

Statutory obligations checklist:

  • Protected their deposit in a government scheme
  • Provided EPC, gas safety certificate and a ‘How to rent’ booklet
  • Not have received an improvement notice or hazard awareness under the Deregulation Act 2015
  • Have a signed tenancy agreement
  • The tenant has been in the property at least 6 months

Notice to the tenant

Eviction under section 8: Between 2 weeks and 2 months depending on which part of the tenancy agreement has been breached

Eviction under section 21: At least 2 months’ notice

You should complete this form.

You should also complete this form to document that notice has been served so that if necessary you can use the evidence when transferring up to the High Court.

Section 8 and Section 21 evictions

If the tenant doesn’t leave the property in the timescales given, you can transfer your case up to the High Court for accelerated possession using section 42. It is important that you complete the paperwork carefully and accurately, we can assist you with completion of the wording as we have a great deal of expertise and experience in this area.

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