Whilst landlords cannot and should not taking evicting tenants lightly, situations do sometimes arise that make it the best course of action.
To evict a tenant, you will need to have legal grounds for doing so, it is not something that can be done on a whim.
If you have reasonable grounds, then you will need to serve them either a Section 8 or Section 21 notice. The type of notice suitable will depend on the type of tenancy and the grounds for eviction.
Legal grounds for evicting a tenant
Some of the legal grounds for evicting a tenant from a property include:
- The need for major repairs or development to the property.
- Landlord needs to live in the property.
- Property or its contents have been damaged by tenant.
- Property has been allowed to fall into disrepair.
- Tenancy was offered due to employment by landlord and employment ends.
- The property is being repossessed from the landlord.
- Rent arrears.
- Consistently late paying rent.
- Anti-social behaviour.
- False information given when signing lease agreement.
- Breach of contract. Examples of breaches include:
- Smoking inside the property.
- Keeping pets inside the property.
- Subletting all or part of the property.
- Carrying out illegal activities on the property.
Even if there are legal grounds for evicting a tenant, it’s important to follow the proper procedures for doing so.
If a landlord fails to follow proper procedures, they can be prosecuted. This includes unlawful evictions, if their actions interfere with a tenant’s peace and comfort, or if they stop services required to occupy the property.
If you require legal help or advice with evicting a problem tenant from your property, speak to our team of experts here at Debt Squared for help and free advice by calling us on 0800 002 9049.