Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies Advice

I can easily say that dealing with God awful tenants and evictions are the worst aspects of being a landlord. It’s frustrating, usually expensive, and it can be extremely long-winded.

I’ve been through the whole ‘bad tenant’ experience and the eviction process, and it can be a nightmare. Unfortunately, it’s part of the business, and the odds are most landlords will eventually come across a rotten egg. it’s the nature of the BTL beast.

While there isn’t a silver-bullet solution to avoid bad tenants and evictions, there are certain ways of minimizing the risk, most notably, thorough tenant referencing. But some times shit happens, and there’s nothing we can do about it, no matter how many precautions we take.

In this section you will find a list of blog posts related to the unsavoury topic of eviction and ending tenancies, including my experiences, and the best approaches and practices. Many landlords feel comfortable enough to manage the eviction process themselves. However, if you’re unsure and require professional support, I would highly recommend seeking the advice of eviction professionals. They deal with rogue tenants on a daily basis, so they know the best and quickest way to resolve the problems legally.

How To End / Terminate A Tenancy Agreement

How To End / Terminate A Tenancy Agreement

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How Landlords Can Evict Tenants

How Landlords Can Evict Tenants

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New Section 21 Rules (2015) For Landlords in England

New Section 21 Rules (2015) For Landlords in England

21 Sep 2015 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 55 Comments

Disclaimer: this could be deemed as a long and painful read, but it’s crucial for landlords in England to make the journey until the bitter end, even if that requires a couple of hits of espresso and/or the white powder. MOST landlords have either used and/or will use a Section 21 notice, so the odds […]

My Tenant Won’t Allow Me To Enter The Property For Viewings

My Tenant Won’t Allow Me To Enter The Property For Viewings

14 May 2015 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 119 Comments

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Almost a month. I’ve missed you. Apparently this blogging malarkey isn’t all that easy when you have sweet F-all to blog about. And unfortunately, I make it particularly challenging for myself by refusing to become a drivelling drone; blogging for the sake of blogging; following a militant schedule, rather […]

If Your Tenant Wants To Leave Early…

If Your Tenant Wants To Leave Early…

01 Oct 2014 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 52 Comments

Unbelievably common situation. What should you do? Nothing, let it happen. Roll with it. Hell, offer to help them pack if you’re the jovial Christian type. Just don’t sweat it. Remember the good times, pour some liquor. Legally, tenants are obligated to remain your tenants and liable for the full rent up until the end-date […]

My Tenant’s Rent Is Late, What Should I Do?

My Tenant’s Rent Is Late, What Should I Do?

28 May 2014 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 28 Comments

If you ever happen to capture the grey mood of a hunched over landlord; strolling around aimlessly and depleted of life, like his world has fallen apart- the law of averages says he’s dealing with a tenant in arrears. Because, sadly, we don’t really care or get saddened by much else, and the only other […]

My Tenant Left Me With Unpaid Rent & A Filthy House

My Tenant Left Me With Unpaid Rent & A Filthy House

04 Dec 2012 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 28 Comments

So here it is, the final chapter of my saga. It’s been a brutal few months (for me), which I know some of you have thoroughly enjoyed watching unravel. Unfortunately for you, it’s over, so stick that in your pipe and smoke it :) After this blog post, I’m probably going to return to compiling […]

I’m Probably Going To Have To Evict My Tenants

I’m Probably Going To Have To Evict My Tenants

22 Nov 2012 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 14 Comments

Urgh. That pretty much sums up the nature of this blog post. My emotions are volatile right now, so I apologise in advance if I lapse into a paroxysmal fit and say inappropriate shit that no one should ever have to endure. More so than usual. I was contemplating scraping this blog post entirely in […]

I’m Evicting My Crazy Tenants To Improve My Life

I’m Evicting My Crazy Tenants To Improve My Life

18 Oct 2012 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 18 Comments

Here’s a pathetic little fact for you: being a landlord has zero day-to-day perks. Or ar least, I literally cannot think of a single one! So we, as landlords, have to do what we can to make it bearable, even if only by a little, and so be it, if that entails serving notice for […]

Creating A ‘Payment Plan’ When The Tenant Falls Into Arrears

Creating A ‘Payment Plan’ When The Tenant Falls Into Arrears

13 Jun 2012 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 2 Comments

You remember a few weeks ago I published a blog post about how my tenant was close to falling 2 months in arrears, and self-claimed entitlement to mercy because he was “honest” about his financial difficulties (his perception of reality still astounds me to this day), right? You remember, right? If not, you should do […]

My Tenant Doesn’t Want Me To Evict Him Because…

My Tenant Doesn’t Want Me To Evict Him Because…

21 May 2012 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 9 Comments

Here’s a new one. My tenant doesn’t want me to evict him because he’s, I quote, “being honest about not being able to pay rent” Confused? Yeah, me too. But the reality is, this massive, delusional, inbred fanny believes he should be entitled to exemption on the grounds of being honest about his financial difficulties. […]

Difference Between Section 8 And Section 21 Notice

Difference Between Section 8 And Section 21 Notice

25 Nov 2011 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 89 Comments

This is probably the most common question being asked in regards to serving notices to tenants- what is the difference between a Section 8 and Section 21 notice form, and which one should I serve to my tenant? Both forms are used to serve notice to tenants, but they’re distinctly different, and it’s important to […]

Tenancy Agreement Break Clauses

Tenancy Agreement Break Clauses

12 Jul 2011 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 83 Comments

What are break clauses in Tenancy Agreements? A break clause is a clause in a tenancy agreement that provides both tenant and landlord the opportunity to terminate the tenancy agreement early during the fixed-term (e.g. a 12 month contract gets terminated after 6 months). Essentially, either party can “break” the tenancy before the fixed end […]

My Tenant Has Stopped Paying Rent

My Tenant Has Stopped Paying Rent

22 Sep 2009 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 4 Comments

This is an extremely common problem for landlords, especially in an economic climate where unemployment is rising and the general cost of living is rising. More and more tenants are starting to fall into arrears, and it’s a massive problem for landlords. What should I do if my tenant stops paying rent? 1) Communication is […]

List Of Tenant Eviction Services

List Of Tenant Eviction Services

17 Sep 2009 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 28 Comments

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 […]

Landlord Guide On Evicting Tenants

Landlord Guide On Evicting Tenants

30 Aug 2009 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 4 Comments

Here are the steps a landlord typically takes during the process of evicting tenants. The chart doesn’t reflect every open option available; the chart displays the most common options and solutions, along with the pros and cons of each possible route. If anyone disagrees with this chart, or believes it can be improved, please let […]

Can My Tenant End A Tenancy Agreement Early?

Can My Tenant End A Tenancy Agreement Early?

09 Apr 2009 / Evicting Tenants & Ending Tenancies / 266 Comments

So, your tenant wants to vacate your property earlier than the dates agreed in the Tenancy Agreement – what are your rights? Can the tenant leave during the tenancy? If both parties agree If both landlord and tenant agree to terminate the tenancy early, then that’s perfectly legal and valid. This is known as ‘Surrender’. […]