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Before I learned to do property properly, I bought a few properties in the North-East.....managed by agents
They have served a section 21 on one of the tenants, who has refused to leave - next step is seeking a possession order. I have done these a few times myself with local properties I manage. They want £500 fee plus the court charges of £355.
The tenant could put in a defense to the Possessions Order so a court appearance would be required....additional cost.
Then, if the tenant still does not leave, its Bailiffs
Can anyone recommend a firm to do this if I don't want the agent to do it
Landlord Action comes to mind - any other recommendations?
It is on dyslexic_landlord's patch, maybe he knows someone
I don't know whether or not you have considered it but in the past I have known landlords weigh up the cost of eviction and offer that as a monetary amount to the tenant to move out peacefully, this way you can save yourself many months of lost rent and heartache.
eg. £1,000 for fees and bailiffs + £1,500 in lost rent amounts to £2,500 (may be a lot more), you could offer them £1,500
It needs to be approached very carefully and some might advise against it but it can be a very pragmatic approach to a stubborn tenant and in the long run you excise the issue swiftly so you can get back to making money.
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Plus it is quite legal for them to accept the money and then move back in.
Not if you get a Tenancy Forfeiture letter off them, and the keys.
Hence my statement "It needs to be approached very carefully"
What defence can Tenant provide against a Section 21 ? As long as all your paperwork is up to date & you have complied with regs then there is no defence.
Think the agent is trying it on, issue your own Section 21 & see what happens, the T may just move out. If they don't then decide if you want to begin court proceedings yourself or employ a Solicitor.
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What John Mac said.
Unless it is a revenge eviction and as long as your paperwork is accurate, it should be straightforward.
Letting Agent is charging a lot. Guild of LL provide step by step instructions & support free for members to do it themselves, and I've just paid a Solicitor £250 to do the online process for me.