In the past, I’ve been mere whiskers away from stampeding into one of my properties with the incentives of throwing a tenant and all her belongings onto the street because she had fallen into 3 months of arrears. Looking back, it was a miracle that she wasn’t limping around with my foot firmly wedged up her rancid arsehole. She will probably never appreciate how close to death she was. The only nagging thought that prevented me from executing my plan was the potential legal consequences of my actions. While I don’t condone illegal and aggressive tactics to evict rogue tenants, I can fully understand why landlords have taken matters into their own hands.
Unfortunately, there is a wrong way of evicting tenants. Even when landlords THINK they’re taking the legal and right steps, they’re usually not. The problem is, landlord law is an extremely complex area, and each case generally varies depending on circumstances. That’s why it’s extremely imperative that landlords take the right steps when they’re dealing with rogue tenants.
If you’re a landlord that’s unsure about the process of eviction, my advice is to seek professional help from someone that actually specialises in the area. Taking the professional route may sound expensive, but it can actually work out to be the cheaper option because professionals know what they’re doing and they know the quickest and most-effective routes to take. Many landlords try to tackle the eviction process themselves by serving a Section 8, but unknowingly serve an invalid notice, consequently delaying the entire process, which ultimately may result in further loss.
Whichever route you decide to take, whether you decide to brave it alone or seek professional help, good luck. I know how difficult and frustrating these situations can be, especially all the waiting around. Dealing with dead-beat, unscrupulous tenants is the worst aspect of being a landlord. I’ve been there, it’s absolutely gut-wrenching at times. There’s nothing I can do or say to relieve you from the pain, all I can say is that the frustration and fear is normal, and the situation WILL get resolved if you take the correct procedures.
Here’s a list of Tenant eviction professionals
Just to clarify, I’ve not used the majority of these services, but they’re services I’m aware of and have been recommended. Each company offer various eviction services and vary in prices. Look through the list and see which company offers the most appropriate service for you.
|Landlord Assist||£39|| Stage 1: Action letter to tenants £39|
Stage 2: Service of Notice(s) to tenant £95
Stage 3: Preparation of Court Papers and Attendance at Court £550
Stage 4: Bailiff to remove tenant and Lock Change £250
|Landlord Action||£117|| Stage 1: Service of Notice(s) to tenant £117|
Stage 2: Preparation of Court Papers and Attendance at Court £677
Stage 3: Officials arranged to remove tenant £215.19
|Possessions Online||£30|| Stage 1: Service of Possession Notice(s) to tenant £30|
Stage 2: Preparation of Court Papers £175
Stage 3: Court Representation £225
Stage 4: Officials arranged to remove tenant £175
|Legal 4 Landlords||£99|| Stage 1: Service of Possession Notice(s) to tenant £99|
Stage 2: Court Proceedings and hearing £499
Stage 3: Officials (bailiffs) arranged to remove tenant £185
|Help Land||£69.95|| Stage 1: Service of Possession Notice(s) to tenant £69.95|
Stage 2: Court Proceedings and hearing £549.95
Stage 3: Officials (bailiffs) arranged to remove tenant £169.95
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Has anyone used a professional eviction service that they can recommend? Moreover, anyone used a service which was shit? Name and shame.
Disclaimer: I'm just a simple landlord blogger, I am not qualified to give legal advice. Any advice I give is my opinion based on my experience. I will always recommend you seek legal or professional advice on any legal matters!