Since the pandemic more renters have faced receiving an eviction notice due to problems with rent arrears. For many, the problem is a very real issue that is affecting both tenants and landlords. But what can be done to help avoid getting an eviction notice?
Section 21 eviction notice
A section 21 eviction notice means your landlord can end your tenancy and you have to leave your property. However, the steps that lead up to this are laid out clearly for both parties to adhere to. With regards to tenants, if there is an issue with paying then it’s always recommended to have a conversation with your landlord immediately. This gives the landlord an opportunity to help without resorting to serving a section 21 eviction notice. The steps that your landlord must take to evict you depends on the type of tenancy you have and ultimately the court decides whether you can be evicted. If you still do not leave, bailiffs can remove you and your belongings.
Eviction for rent arrears
If you have rent arrears, your landlord can try and evict you. This is called ‘seeking possession’. However, if they want to seek possession, landlords must follow a certain procedure involving giving you written notice. Since the pandemic, there has been a rise in eviction notices, and councils are urging both parties to find a resolution before resorting to eviction. It’s worth noting that Landlords cannot evict tenants without a warrant of eviction, and if they force this upon a tenant, the police can be called.
If you’re a tenant looking for support, then take a look at the citizen’s advice for more information. And if you are a landlord looking for advice on serving an eviction notice or would just like some general advice then visit the council support section here.
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