The RLA’s trained Landlord Advice Team (LAT) has produced a simple guide to help landlords with the unfortunate topic of gaining possession of properties. The majority of tenants and landlords enjoy a good relationship with each other. However in the small examples of a breakdown in communication, trust, and/or respect, landlords should be aware of their legal obligations and rights in regaining possession of their properties.
There are only two legal ways a tenancy can end enabling a landlord possession of their property.
The first is when a tenant provides notice of leaving and ends the tenancy as agreed, taking their belongings with them and leaving the keys.
The only other way is if the landlord needs to give the tenant a Notice to Quit. This is the first step in what could be a three stage process before a tenant is evicted. The process can be both costly and time consuming.
The guide touches upon the various grounds that a landlord can use to regain possession – specifically Section 8 and Section 21 Notices. Most commonly used grounds for possession are serious rent arrears.
The LAT is very experienced with these situations, and can help RLA members who call in with the correct procedure and how properly to fill in and file the necessary paperwork.