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How long does it take to evict a tenant? How do you do it?

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migratingsouth Mon 13-Feb-12 11:53:50

My tenant wants to be evicted officially so she can go on the council list.

(I was really hoping it wouldn't come to this, I had a thread on this before).

She's happy to go, but wants me to evict through the courts.

She spoke to someone today who gave her all sorts of reassurances that it could take as little as a week to go through the courts.

I reckon the person she spoke to is talking nonsense!

Does anyone have any experience of this - how long did it take you to evict your tenants? (she doesn't actually want to stay, just for the council to recognise her as homeless).

How long did the court and bailiffs order bit take and how much did it cost?

Can it really be done quickly if not contested?

TIA smile

pettyprudence Mon 08-Apr-13 16:54:21

i am meeting bailiffs for my first court ordered eviction on Thursday - im a pa to a landlord. the tenant is still in the property, no idea if she has packed. i haven't arranged police but as she hasn't left yet i am expecting the bailiff to escort her off the property - eek! anyone been through this bit???

mimi2013 Tue 09-Apr-13 10:39:22

I have been going throught this i have my baliffs appt next wed

Boomboomboomboom Tue 09-Apr-13 15:15:51

The bailiff will evict the tenants on the day - unless the tenant puts in a last minute stay application with the court which is unlikely to be granted if you are evicting using the s21 procedure.

that is the point of the bailiff - they are the enforcers of the court order and if the tenant refuses to get out, the bailiff can force entry and forcibly remove them, although having police around is a good idea,


pettyprudence Fri 12-Apr-13 15:14:42

met the bailiff yesterday and tenant had already gone (which is that i was hoping for). got a bit eek about as she was still there the day before shock
just one bailiff turned up, banged on the door VERY hard, neighbour came out and told us tenant had gone. flat was left relatively clean (except for all the doors kicked in by her ex). turns out instead of paying rent the tenant had been doing her weekly shop @ m&s shock

mimi2013 Mon 15-Apr-13 12:41:06

CONGRATS for your tenant leaving mine is sue to leave on wed cant wait

Nanadee61 Fri 17-May-13 10:41:11

I am looking at all your comments on here from the opposite side, but I hope you wont all hate me? My daughter has been given notice to leave her flat, and my concern again is how long the process will take. She has paid her rent on time each month (exorbitant amount as it is North West London) but has had loads of problems with the flat, no hot water, cooker blew up, no electricity, foul smell in the bathroom, etc etc... Landlady not interest in the slightest! but because my daughter then witheld a months rent until some of these things were fixed she has been been asked to leave. She lives here with her 13yr old daughter and she and I are worried sick as to what will happen come the last day of this month when she is supposed to vacate? I hate the thought of court orders and bailiffs but she cannot just leave and has not got the money together that will be needed to find another place. Please appreciate, all you landlords that there are two sides to this situation.

specialsubject Fri 17-May-13 10:51:48

your daughter does not have to live in North-West London. She rents from a slumlord who clearly does not fulfill their side of the obligation. She should not have with-held rent (two wrongs don't make a right) but this landlord will keep ripping her off. She needs to stop throwing good money after bad.

she is entitled to two months' notice (she only has to give one month). She can stay put until the bailiffs come, but with a record like that no-one else will rent to her.

ohbuggerhelp Fri 17-May-13 12:28:44

What specialist said.
Do the decent thing, get out with references intact and find somewhere better.

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