Tenant Eviction Stoke-on-Trent

As a landlord, you might need to evict tenants for various reasons, but it’s vital to seek legal counsel to ensure you’re compliant. We acknowledge how challenging and stressful these situations can be.

Our tenancy specialists possess the expertise and experience to alleviate your distress and ensure you achieve the desired outcome. If you need tailored and amicable guidance, reach out to us today and converse with our adept legal team. We’ll provide a reliable and straightforward legal solution that complies with the relevant regulations.

Our services can help you with the entire eviction process, including preparing the relevant documentation and filing your notice. We’ll also ensure that all  relevant steps are followed and provide guidance on any issues that you may encounter.

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Is it possible to evict a tenant in Stoke-on-Trent?

There is a clear procedure that every landlord is required to follow in order to legally evict a tenant. If this is not adhered to you could find yourself unable to regain possession of your property and could even face prosecution yourself.

The quickest and most cost-effective way of evicting Stoke-on-Trent tenants is generally by using what is known as an “accelerated procedure”, or “accelerated possession order”.

Once the two months’ notice period following the service of Section 21 has passed, the landlord needs to make an application to the court for a possession order. Without a court hearing, the judge can grant this order based on the available paperwork.

We appreciate that evicting a tenant can be a difficult task. Our team of expert Tenant Eviction Solicitors possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to guarantee a successful conclusion. Our solicitors offer guidance and advice to expedite the process and simplify it for our clients.

Mandatory grounds where the court must grant possession.

Ground 1: The Landlord requires possession as he used to occupy the property as his main home or he now wishes to occupy the property as his main home.

Ground 2: The property is subject to a mortgage and the mortgagee is now entitled to exercise a power of sale.

Ground 3: The tenancy is a fixed term of not more than 8 months and the property was previously a holiday let.

Ground 4: The tenancy is a fixed term of not more than 12 months and the property is student accommodation let out of term.

Ground 5: The property is that of a minister of religion.

Ground 6: The property requires redevelopment.

Ground 7: The tenant has died.

Ground 8: The tenant is in rental arrears.

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Ashley Y

Private Landlord (Manchester)

Tenant Eviction took care of the entire eviction process for me, they attended court on my behalf and kept me up to date with the case from start to finish. Well worth the saving in time and stress. Thank you

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Private Landlord (London)

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I had a tenant that didn’t pay the rent for 9 months, i had tried a number of options myself to try and evict them to save money but they only backfired. I found tenant eviction via a friends recommendation and they got to work swiftly and within 7 weeks i had access to my property. Nightmare over.

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Private Landlord (Leeds)

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Discretionary grounds where the court may grant possession.

Ground 9: Suitable alternative accommodation is available for the tenant upon possession.

Ground 10: The tenant is in arrears of rent.

Ground 11: The tenant has persistently delayed paying rent, whether or not the rent is currently in arrears.

Ground 12: Any obligation of the tenancy has been broken, other than payment of rent.

Ground 13: Due to the tenant’s conduct, the property has deteriorated.

Ground 14: The tenant is causing a nuisance or annoyance to people residing at the property or visiting the property. The tenant is convicted in engaging in illegal or using the property for immoral purposes.

Ground 15: The tenant has allowed the landlords’ furniture to deteriorate due to ill-treatment.

Ground 16: The tenant occupies the property due to his former employment by the landlord.

Ground 17: The Landlord granted the tenancy as a result of a statement made by the tenant which is later found to be false.

When can landlords evict a tenant?

In case of a tenant’s failure to remit rent, landlords may assert eviction charges pursuant to Section 21 of the Act. This course of action is generally pursued when prior rent applications have gone unanswered.

The leasing business is a source of revenue for landlords, and rental default coupled with trespasser-like possession can prove particularly problematic. Consequently, tenants may be legally contested in court in order to regain rightful possession of the premise.

There are oftentimes multiple factors that can impede tenants’ capacity to meet rental commitments, such as unforeseeable life events, sudden expenses, or loss of employment. These hindrances may lead to arrears on rental payments and may warrant eviction.

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Illegal activities undertaken on the premises

Landlords have an alternative in case private renters break the law. If a tenant uses the premises for unlawful activities such as drug dealing or prostitution, the landlord can attempt to terminate the lease agreement.

Compliance with eviction laws is crucial. Additionally, landlords are responsible for ensuring their tenants’ safety and well-being. When dealing with rent arrears or lease violations, landlords can serve written eviction notices with legal grounds for their decision.

If the tenant fails to comply with the notice, the landlord should initiate a formal eviction process, which involves filing a legal complaint against the tenant and attending court. All legal documents should be correctly served to the tenant in accordance with the legal requirements.

Additionally, a landlord may choose to enlist the help of an attorney or other legal professional. Once the process has been completed, the tenant will be required to leave the rental property.

It is important to remember that the eviction process should be handled with patience and respect, as this can help to

Criminal damage to your property

A landlord can use a 14-day notice to quit for property damage. This notice gives the tenant 14 days to fix the damage or move out of the rental property.

The tenant is ultimately liable for any damage they cause to the rental property. It is important that any damage be reported promptly so that the landlord or a professional contractor can promptly assess and repair the damage. In some instances, the tenant may need to communicate with the agency responsible for the tenancy, who will then contact the landlord.

The tenant needs to report the damage they have caused and communicate with the landlord about how best to repair the problem. It may be that the damage requires fixing immediately, or it may be that damage is discovered at the end of a tenancy and the landlord and tenant will discuss how to handle this. Deposits can be deducted from to cover damage.

Breaches of the tenancy agreement

It’s important for landlords to consider certain key factors when entering into tenancy agreements. Both assured shorthold and normal tenancy agreements should contain specific provisions, guided by the Housing Act, to protect a landlord’s property. These provisions may include clauses limiting pets and flatmates or addressing future rent arrears or property damages.

It’s also essential that landlords remain informed and prepared about their legal rights when dealing with tenants. If eviction becomes necessary, it’s vital to establish a clear timeline that includes the required notice period and any legal steps that must be taken. Careful planning and attention to detail can help avoid unnecessary complications down the line.

Before finalising the agreement, it’s best to discuss all the terms with the tenant to ensure everyone is on the same page. This can involve reviewing details like the lease terms, additional charges or fees, and expectations for cleaning and upkeep.

Why you should legally evict your tenant

During a lapse of judgement, it may be tempting to utilize unlawful methods to remove a tenant from your rental property. However, following proper legal procedures, albeit time-consuming and tedious, is imperative. Failure to do so puts you at risk of criminal charges, losing your possession claim, and paying your tenant’s legal fees, all of which must be avoided.

There are several ways to evict a tenant that are illegal, such as locking them out, denying them access to part or all of the property, intimidating them, removing their possessions, or using force to evict them.

 

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Steps to take when evicting tenants

Landlords are required to adhere to specific procedures to serve notices to tenants under Section 21 of the Housing Act. In some cases, issuing a possession order may be necessary to legalize it. However, the standard cost of a possession order in court is £325.

In the event of rent arrears, landlords may grant tenants a two-week window to pay up or vacate the premises. If payment fails to materialize, landlords could then dispatch eviction notices to facilitate the recovery of rent arrears. Of course, other lease violations that demand attention might also exist, which prompt the need for notices to be served. We can assist by diligently drafting and serving legal notices that adhere to legal requirements.

It is imperative to adhere to stipulated procedures to preclude wrongful eviction. We offer access to professional legal advice to guide you through the process. Breaches of regulations could attract a tenant’s successful defence against the eviction.

In scenarios where immediate eviction is necessary due to illicit activities, landlords may initiate an application for a court-ordered possession. Our services can assist in preparing the claim to secure the housing tenancy arrangement for the smoothest possible eviction process.

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Instructing possession proceedings 

Landlords of residential properties may need to recover their premises from tenants for various reasons. However, it’s crucial to bear in mind that this process is highly regulated. Mishandling it could result in serious consequences such as harassment charges or even unlawful eviction lawsuits.

Possession proceedings are known to involve complex legal issues, making it wise to seek the guidance of seasoned legal professionals. Protect your property and yourself by taking legal action through the appropriate channels.

Serve the correct Notice and determine the end date of the tenancy with precision in order to increase the likelihood that your claim will be accepted.

To ensure the correct course of action, we highly recommend scheduling an initial consultation, or submitting your case for review at a fixed rate. This pre-emptive measure can save considerable time and money in the long run.

During our review, we will assess the tenancy agreement, confirm any deposits taken, and verify the tenancy deposit scheme holding them. Our team will also evaluate the tenant’s rent arrears and advise on the most appropriate approach depending on the selected method of possession proceedings. Finally, we will prepare and deliver the appropriate notice – whether Section 21 or Section 8 – based on our assessment.

There are two types of possession proceedings

• Accelerated Possession – Section 21
• Standard Procedure – Section 8

Once the possession order has been filed

Upon receiving a Section 21 or Section 8 Notice, tenants must vacate by a specific date or face legal repercussions. Failure to comply may trigger an application for a Warrant of Possession, in which a Court Bailiff is involved to enforce the order. Nevertheless, the outcome of this process can sometimes involve a wait period of several weeks, frustrating landlords.

When tenants are judged for rent arrears, retrieving owed payments after they move out can often pose more of a challenge due to a lack of forwarding address. As such, landlords must acquire extensive tenant information to ensure successful enforcement, including full name, date of birth, previous addresses, a relative’s address, and place of work.

Obtaining such information proves instrumental in locating tenants and recovering owed rental arrears.

Our eviction lawyers in Stoke-on-Trent also take cases across the UK.

When it comes to requesting a tenant to vacate a property, eviction is often considered a last resort. Generally, landlords and tenants can swiftly and effectively deal with this type of situation without external assistance.

If a tenant has breached the tenancy agreement, a landlord will typically attempt to resolve the issue through verbal or written communication. Even when such attempts are unsuccessful, it is still often possible to reach an amicable agreement without the need for formal eviction proceedings.

If a tenant does not respond to attempts to negotiate a resolution, or if the breach is serious enough that it has put the landlord’s property at risk, then eviction may be necessary.

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