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  • Problem Tenants

    Tenant stopped paying rent - Section 21?

    I have a tenant who has been in one of my properties for 6 years. He doesn't keep the house particularly clean (understatement, it's filthy) and has an unauthorised dog. I've let this run as his rent payments have always been on time and other than what I've mentioned, he's no trouble at all.

    Despite several calls from my agent and 2 promises to make payment, February's rent remains unpaid. In the past I've had the agent issue a section 21 notice when rent has been unpaid. I'm thinking of doing this now for this tenant but I'm wondering about the timing of it.

    Those of you who issue a section 21 for non payment of rent, how long after the unpaid rent is due do you wait before you issue the notice?

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    Have you tried texting the tenant and asking what is wrong and if there is anything you can do to assist him in getting back on track?

    ​That would be my first action in this instance.  

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    Serve s21 AND s8 (all relevant grounds..) TODAY!.  Verbally explain you will be copying s8 to council and what "intentionally homeless" means.

    As you will know s21 is Thatcher's "for no reason at all" eviction route.  Why wait before serving either notice. No offence but it sounds like he's gotten used to you being very lax over his compliance with the contract.

    Evict using s21 unless brave & desperate...

    Either no reference or a full, honest, one. (It's what you'd want any other landlord to do...)

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    I would always advise trying to speak with the tenant first. There may be a problem which you could help with but they would prefer not to ask for help.

    Then i would clearly explain the next steps so they know where they stand.



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