If you’re a landlord, you’ll understand the residential eviction process in England and Wales is not always straightforward – which is why it’s beneficial to use the services of a solicitor to carry out the proceedings on your behalf.
Reasons For Landlords To Use A Solicitor To Evict A Tenant
Evicting a tenant can be a daunting process, involving the preparation of notices which must be correctly served on the tenant and, if the tenant does not vacate the property when the notice has expired, preparation of court documents and making court appearances. Your solicitor will be able to give you an overview of the process at the outset.
Your solicitor will also advise you whether a s21 ‘no-fault’ notice can be served on the tenant, which could mean that, if an application to court is necessary, the accelerated court procedure can be used, potentially allowing you to obtain an order for possession (a court order requiring the tenant to vacate the property) without the need for a court hearing. If there are rent arrears, your solicitor can also advise on the recovery of those arrears.
Your solicitor will be able to prepare the necessary documents for you, including the notice to the tenant, court documents if necessary and also advise you on the documentation which the court will require, and what can be done if these documents are not available or have not been given to the tenant.
By having a solicitor on your side, you’ll be able to respond throughout the process to any legal challenges made by your tenant. For example, if a deposit was taken from the tenant and this has not been protected, your tenant could make a counterclaim against you and you may be required to pay compensation to the tenant. Your solicitor will make you aware of any such potential issues before they arise and will help you find the right solution, to avoid delays in the eviction procedure and to stop costs spiralling.
Long Term Savings
Paying for professional, specialist advice and representation at the start of the process, will help to minimise the risk of mistakes being made – mistakes which are all too easy to make if you are not familiar with the eviction process and which could cause delays and incur greater costs once the eviction process has started. By working with a solicitor, the process will be smoother and more efficient, saving you time, money and stress. The eviction process can be lengthy, particularly if a tenant refuses to vacate even after an order for possession is issued by the courts. A solicitor can help to reduce unnecessary delays by anticipating any problems and dealing with these before they cause delays and ensuring that all documentation is correct.
Helping You With Tenant Eviction
Our specialist landlord and tenant solicitors understand the process for evicting a residential tenant in the most efficient and effective way, and by using the services of an experienced solicitor you’ll gain the support, advice and successful outcome you deserve.
To speak to one of our professional solicitors about evicting your tenant, please contact us at our Chorlton office on 0161 860 7123 or email email@example.com or at our Failsworth office on 0161 681 4005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org