How long does it take to evict a tenant?
This depends on a number of factors … the best rule is to start the process as soon as possible and ensure all stages of the process are correct as delaying or submitting incorrect information could impede any action.
First you have to serve a notice which will give a tenant between two weeks to two months notice to leave the property, (depending on the type of notice).
A landlord will then need to commence court proceedings. The timescale for the issuing of the claim on the tenant can vary per court. The tenant is given 14 days from the date of service to submit a defence. The court will arrange a hearing, the timescale will again vary per court.
If you use the accelerated possession procedure then the court can issue an order to evict a tenant without the need to hold a court hearing. This will obviously speed up the eviction process. However, if a tenant sends in a defence that shows the section 21 notice isn’t valid or they request to stay longer than 14 days in the property after the court hearing then the court will arrange a hearing so a judge can decide whether a tenant should be evicted. This will lengthen the eviction process.
Once a possession order has been granted then a tenant is usually given 14 days to vacate the property.
If they do not leave then a landlord will need to instruct bailiffs/High Court Enforcement to legally evict a tenant/tenants. The timescale may vary per court/agency used.
If a tenant can’t challenge the eviction, they can ask the court to delay eviction for up to 42 days if eviction would cause you exceptional hardship.
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