Tenants Ignoring Eviction Notices? – Landlords Don’t Delay
Not only is the National Landlords’ Association (NLA) upset by this – so are we!
It has come to light that a shocking amount of private tenants are being told by their local authorities to ignore eviction notices sent by their landlords and to wait for the bailiffs to show up before they leave the premises. This is all so that the tenant can qualify for rehousing support.
Even local advice centres such as Shelter and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau are advising tenants to ignore these notices. This is because the Council cannot label the tenant as homeless until the Court orders them to leave the property and they are left with nowhere else to stay.
Landlords need to act fast if they want to evict a tenant. Using firms such as ourselves can help fast track this process and get the tenants out of the property as soon as possible.
The NLA say that ‘the advice is being offered because councils are refusing to accept tenants’ housing applications before an order of possession has been granted by a Court’. This is despite guidance from Central Government confirming all housing application should be accepted by Councils from the time notice is served on the tenant.
Furthermore, tenants leaving premises at the very last-minute causes more stress and anxiety, and ultimately makes the whole situation more unpleasant than it needs to be.
Tenants should not have to wait until the bailiffs turn up at the property, by this time they should already have other forms of accommodation in place.
The Property Team at Michael Lewin Solicitors are skilled at legally evicting tenants quickly and expertly; if you are a Landlord and you need help evicting a tenant, please contact us and we can help.