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Section 21: Read Una’s story

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Una is a landlord with 20 properties in Leeds.

All of her properties are single-lets and she also has one HMO property.

Una says that most of her tenants have been lovely, but she has relied on using Section 21 a few times in the past to get her property back quickly. In one extreme case, one of Una’s tenants owed her more than £4000 in unpaid rent.

Here, Una explains why if Section 21 were to go altogether, she’d become more selective about the types of tenants she choses to live in her property, for fear that she may not be able to get her property back quickly if she really needed to again.  

In the last five years, landlord Una Walsh has issued a Section 21 notice to her tenants three times.

She has only ever done so if a tenant has accrued very large rent arrears and has not expressed any desire to pay back the rent they owe.

Typically, the rent arrears go above three months before Una considers serving notice on the tenant.

“I was once left with no choice but to gain possession of my property when a tenant owed me more than £4000 in rent”, says Una.

Una says that the current Section 21 process, though commonly portrayed as being the easiest way for a landlord to gain possession, is still a complicated process.

“The Section 21 process is quite complicated and it can sometimes feel like it is trying to trip landlords up. There are so many things landlords must make sure they do for a Section 21 to be successful, but I’ve been advised by other landlords to avoid the alternative Section 8 route as this is not fit for purpose at all”.

Una says that if Section 21 were to go altogether, she’ll become more selective about the types of tenants she choses to live in her property.

“If did used to rent to more vulnerable tenants for example those on benefits, but if Section 21 were to go without a suitable alternative to get a property back quickly, then I would probably only rent to professional tenants because I can’t take the risk of not having the rent paid again, but not being able to recover my property easily”.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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