Top Tips for Evicting Tenant for Rent Arrears

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What is a Section 8 Notice?

A Section 8 Notice is a legal document used by landlords to seek possession of their property from a tenant who has breached their tenancy agreement. It is governed by Section 8 of the Housing Act 1998 and specifies the grounds on which the landlord is seeking possession.

Unlike a Section 21 Notice, which allows landlords to seek possession without providing a reason, a Section 8 Notice requires valid grounds for possession. The UK Government has published guidance on both eviction processes.

How to check whether your Section 8 Notice is Valid?

To ensure the validity of a Section 8 Notice, it is crucial to adhere to certain key requirements:

  • Accurate Grounds: The notice must clearly state the specific grounds for possession which are categorised as either mandatory or discretionary.

  • Notice Period: The notice must provide the tenant with a minimum notice period which varies depending on the grounds used.

  • Proper Service: The notice must be served to the tenant in an appropriate manner, such as by hand delivery, first-class process, or through a process server. Proof of service should be retained to be presented to a Judge at a court hearing.

If the Section 8 Notice is invalid then you will face difficulty with evicting tenants. You may be able to rely upon other grounds, however, this will create a complicated situation. Immediate legal advice should be sought if your Section 8 Notice is invalid.

What are the Mandatory Grounds for Evicting Tenants?

Mandatory grounds for possession under Section 8 of the Housing Act 1988 include:

  • Rent Arrears: If the tenant is in arrears of rent for a specified period, the landlord may seek possession.

  • Breach of Tenancy Agreement: If the tenant has breached any term of the tenancy agreement, such as subletting without permission or causing a nuisance, the landlord may seek possession.

  • Discretionary Grounds: These grounds vary and include factors such as anti-social behaviour, damage to the property, or the landlord’s intention to sell the property.

What Documents Do I Need Before Starting Court Action?

Before commencing court action, landlords should gather the following essential documents:

  1. Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement: This document outlines the terms and conditions of the tenancy and should be carefully reviewed for any breaches.
  2. Section 8 Notice: The original notice served to the tenant, demonstrating compliance with legal requirements.
  3. Evidence of Breach: Any supporting evidence of the tenant’s breach, such as rent statements, correspondence, or witness statements.
  4. Rent Account Records: Detailed records of rent payments and arrears.
  5. Proof of Service: Evidence that the Section 8 Notice was properly served on the tenant.

What are the stages in a County Court to Evict a Tenant?

A property dispute solicitor will be able to guide you through the various stages of court proceedings to seek an order for possession of the property, the rental arrears and your legal costs. There are 4 main stages:

  1. Complete Claim Form: The landlord must complete a Claim Form, typically Form N5 or N5B, specifying the grounds for possession and providing relevant details. The completed Claim Form, along with the court fee and supporting documents, must be submitted to the county court with jurisdiction.
  2. Court Hearing: At a hearing, the court will review the claim and decide the outcome. Both the landlord and tenant will be required to attend the hearing and present their cases. If a party is represented then the solicitor or advocate will attend the hearing.
  3. Possession Order: If successful, the court may grant a Possession Order, specifying the date by which the tenant must vacate, along with the rent arrears and legal costs.
  4. Bailiff Eviction: If the tenant does not leave by the date on the Possession Order, then the landlord will need to apply for a Court Bailiff to attend the property and physically remove the tenant.

Consider whether early mediation is a possibility to negotiate a settlement. Mediation can be highly successful. For more information, read our blog Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

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Whether you are facing issues such as rent arrears, breaches of tenancy agreements, or other grounds for possession, our team is dedicated to delivering tailored solutions that align with your specific circumstances and legal requirements. We prioritise your interests and aim to provide a seamless experience, ensuring a swift and successful resolution to your eviction matters.

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