Coronavirus Update #3 For Landlords: Tenant Eviction & Repossession Bans

Coronavirus update: No one cares about landlords

As we all highly anticipated, there’s been further updates and confirmation from the Government this week on how landlords should manage evictions and repossessions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many of us have been expecting eviction bans and major delays to all proceedings, so it fills me with great comfort to inform you that you will not be surprised by any of the announcements, which really is an act of mercy! We certainly cannot be wasting our precious and limited medical resources on despairing landlords toppling over from minor to severe stress induced heart-attacks due to unexpected eviction delays and prolonged periods of no rental income. Don’t be surprised if no one cares either.

Rightly or wrongly, we all knew this was coming for us.

I’m going to try and keep this one quick and to the point, so here’s a rundown of the updates to wrap your mullet around…

1) All ongoing housing possessions suspended!

As of today, 27th March 2020, the judiciary has suspended all current housing possession claims for 90 days (but this can be extended if needed), according to the official Gov press release:

…following a decision by the Master of the Rolls with the Lord Chancellors agreement the court service will suspend all ongoing housing possession action – this means that neither cases currently in the or any about to go in the system can progress to the stage where someone could be evicted. This suspension of housing possessions action will initially last for 90 days, but this can be extended if needed. This measure will protect all private and social renters, as well as those with mortgages and those with licenses covered by the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. This will apply to both England and Wales.

Thanks, err… Master of the Rolls (WTF? Seriously? Who comes up with it, aye?)!

So if you’re in the middle of a court case… sorry! I’ve been told that disrupted cases will restart as normal as soon as the temporary suspension is lifted (whenever that maybe).

2) Section 8 & 21 notice period extended to three months (from two)

Not effectively a straightout “ban” as we were expecting, but an imminent delay, certainly.

On the 26th of March (yesterday), the Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force.

In layman’s and legally unqualified terms (’cause that’s all I knows), the act confirms that from the 26th March 2020 until 30 September 2020 (again, this is subject to change depending on circumstances), any ‘notice to quit‘ (i.e. if you have grounds for eviction based on a breach, rent arrears, for example) or ‘notice seeking possession‘ (i.e. if you want to exercise your right to a “no fault” repossession at the end of the fixed term) requires three months notice, instead of the usual two months. Essentially, a one month extension to notice periods has been enforced.

That means we can still serve notice, but we need to provide our tenants with at least three months notice in all cases. Any notices served before the 26th March 2020 will remain valid. However, with all court proceedings shutting down for at least 90 days, I suspect it’s going to be extremely difficult to shift reluctant tenants that are clinging onto the stair handrails, anytime soon.

God help anyone who has to serve notice during this period, I’m sure it will go down like a lead turd. But I understand if it needs to be done. Notably, I saw the hashtag “#CoronavirusVillians” trending yesterday, which featured the likes of Richard Branson, Gordon Ramsay, Mike Ashley, and Philip Green, all of whom have been judged unkindly for their cutthroat shrewd business decisions during this he crisis. Just saying.

3) New S8 & S21 forms must be served during this period!

While the Coronavirus Act is in play (from 26th March 2020 up until 30 September 2020, at least), landlords must use new forms to serve notice (with at least three months notice), provided by the Gov:

The regular S21 and S8 forms will NOT be valid while the Coronavirus Act is enforced, so don’t use them from 26th March 2020. Don’t let me down!

Need tenant eviction / repossession legal advice?

Just before publishing this blog post, it dawned upon me that the sensible thing to do would be to reach out the MD of LegalforLandlords – to check if they’re able to continue providing free legal support for my subscribers (landlords) during this palava.

I’ll be right back.

*1 hour later*

I’ve been assured every division of their business is still operational and, I quote, “all Legals notices, updates, compliance has been rolled out so we’re as up to date as we can be as of today. We’re here to assist as always but bear in mind our phone lines have been busy.”

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EPC Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Update

On a side note, I should probably remind everyone that the upcoming change to EPCs is still a real thing, even though it’s probably the least of anyone’s concern right now. Energy efficiency and fresh produce with a limited shelf life was cool last month, not so much this month.

This change has nothing to do with the Coronavirus Act, but it’s still a legal requirement that shouldn’t be ignored (I guess?).

On 1st April 2018, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) came into force. This required all landlords to ensure their rental properties in England & Wales have a minimum EPC rating of ‘E’ for new tenancies and renewals.

As of 1st April 2020, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards will apply to all existing tenancies, not just new ones or renewals.

If you need to order an Energy Performance Certificate, you can book an assessment online from LettingAProperty for £69 inc VAT (starting price). You can also Google around for local suppliers. Needless to say, I’m not sure what the availability for assessors will be during this time. The word “limited” comes to mind.

As always, thoughts and words of encouragement all welcome!

Stay safe, my friends xo

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Violet Rose 28th March, 2020 @ 11:49

Three of our tenants are affected by lockdown and struggling with rent so we have negotiated with them: one will pay what she receives in Housing Benefit, a couple where one's job has already gone with the wind will pay £250 this month and next to allow them to apply and receive benefits and the third works for a Charity that was already struggling, will pay £200 next month and we will review his situation each month.

All of our tenants have never missed a payment and I am very happy to negotiate with all of them. Our third tenant may end up paying us no rent at all for a couple of months whilst awaiting his benefits but that is better than an empty property that would be difficult to let during lockdown and on which we are paying Council Tax.

Sending love and hoping everyone stays safe and healthy xxx

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John 28th March, 2020 @ 12:27

Hi everyone. Many tenants will be on furlough leave now. Many will receive 80% of their wage due to this public health emergency support, and the other 20% may or may not be made up by a decent employer. However some tenants will not pay the rent and contact the estate agent to say they are experiencing hardship. Is there only due diligence on the estate agent to get evidence of a tenant being on furlough leave and what is their current income when rent is not paid.

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Ron H-W 28th March, 2020 @ 13:21

@Ken - if you're 1 of 2 adults living at your own home, maybe you can reduce your outgoings slighly by moving into the vacated property? Then each pays 75% of the Council Tax.
BUT [gas and] leccy in the rental property might then be more than just the standing charge, and water (metered, or AHC for sole occupancy) would have to be paid. Might be worth doing the maths?

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The Landlord 28th March, 2020 @ 14:46

@Violet Rose
Thanks for sharing, and it sounds like you did all the right things.

Similarly, if any of my tenants raise any issues, I'll do my best to work with them, as they have all been long-term tenants and never missed a payment.

All the best! xo

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The Landlord 28th March, 2020 @ 14:50

As far as I'm aware, no one is required to provide proof that they're struggling in order to claim furlough. It would involve too much admin work, I'm guessing. It's the kind of resources that few will have available. I think most agents will just have to accept the tenant has suffered a loss of income. That's just my assumption, though.

The reality is, many tenants will take full advantage of the situation. It's going to be extremely difficult to stop.

In any case, the important thing to remember is that any deferred rent payments should be repaid in the future (in theory).

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Grumpy 28th March, 2020 @ 14:55

If people are locked indoors and can’t spend their money (no holidays pubs takeaways) and the gov have the printing presses running to backstop everyone’s salary, how can people be short and not able to afford the rent?

As usual the Landlords taking flak

pS @thelandlord
Can you get a new avatar below that shows ”ex landlord”. A new group who now thank their lucky stars they are out but still enjoy your rants 😃

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The Landlord 28th March, 2020 @ 15:00

Ha, nice suggestion. I'll toss it onto my "to-do" list!

The issue is, the Gov aren't dishing out the doe until June, I believe, and that's going to cause a massive backlog of debt for many people, especially for those that live paycheque to paycheque. Of course, it would be cool if every tenant's first priority is to pay their landlord first, which I'm sure it is... *cough*

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Victoria 28th March, 2020 @ 17:19

Hi very informative page . It appears most landlords in the same boat.

My question is tenants is at risk of not paying rent due to current situation. Have not had any contact about any issue. Should I wait until they contact me, or test the waters



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The Landlord 28th March, 2020 @ 21:10

Hi @Victoria,

Many thanks!

I think every decent landlord has toyed with the thought.

I've decided to wait for now, 'cause I don't want to encourage anything :)

But honestly, I don't think there's a right or wrong answer. All I know is that people can bounce out of character during a crisis, so even the best tenants can flip!

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Satwinder Dhariwal 28th March, 2020 @ 21:47

Just want to say thank you so much for this blog. I always enjoy reading your posts

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Toby_Zaphod 30th March, 2020 @ 11:42

I have a couple of houses, one with great tenants who've been there almost 5 years & keep house immaculate. Other tenant is new, only there 2 months so far. Neither has contacted me regarding issues with paying rent so far. I feel like a landlord above who isn't going to speak to them regarding issues they may have until they make contact. Is the general consensus that the Landlord sorts out a payment plan regarding unpaid rent throughout the time of the virus? Basically increasing the usual rental by an amount for a period of time so the outstanding rent is paid & cleared?

Thanks in advance, & enjoy receiving your blogs that keep us up to date on legislation etc.

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Saila Gaffur 30th March, 2020 @ 18:33

Wonderful insight.

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Irfan 30th March, 2020 @ 22:21

Very good blog.

My question is, can I serve 3 months eviction notice ( section 8 ) asap for tenants refusing to pay and not giving any clarification when. Because if we wait 3 months to get our rent, most probably some of them will never pay.

After 3 months we have to wait for court date ( this will take another 3 months because of back log ) and bailiff process etc it will be total 6-7 months at the best guess.

I suggest everyone to serve section 8 notice asap ( off course if we can serve after first unpaid rent ).

Good luck everyone. ( we definitely need it! ).

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The Landlord 31st March, 2020 @ 09:14

Thanks @Irfan :)

Your tenants need to be 2 months in arrears (not just "after first unpaid rent"), and then once that happens you can serve a S8 notice (Form 3) with 3 months notice.

I suggest that everyone DOESN'T serve S8 asap, because it might make more sense for them to serve a S21 (Form 6A), if they want to serve a notice, that is.

S21 is generally always less complicated.

Best of luck!

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Carmel 31st March, 2020 @ 10:14

Thank you that would be useful

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The Landlord 31st March, 2020 @ 16:08


Personally, I would refuse. You could offer them 1 month off, but spread it across 3 months, in which they effectively pay 66%.

But I definitely wouldn't give them 3 months free. Are they confusing the Government endorsed 3 month "rent holiday" as free rent, or something?

The only issue to bear in mind is that it's a commercial building, so I imagine it's going to be extremely difficult to find new tenants in the foreseeable future. So while you don't want to give away too much, you don't want to give away too little to the point that they give notice. I guess it's best to have a frank discussion and negotiate.

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Rainbow girl 31st March, 2020 @ 18:16

I have been enjoying your blogs (once I got used to all the swearing :-))

One of my properties has EPC older than 10 years (expired June 2019). I have long term tenants living in the property, so only noticed it last week when I was tiding up my paperwork (joys of lockdown!). EPC rated the property at C. Do you think I should attempt to redo it as soon as possible, or would it be ok to wait for this madness to finish and things get back to normal? I prefer the latter if at all possible. Thanks for letting me know your opinion on this. Stay safe!

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The Landlord 31st March, 2020 @ 18:21

@Rainbow girl
I've been told my style of blogging is an "acquired taste" ha.

Landlords are still obligated to fulfil their legal duties regardless of coronavirus. So I would make all reasonable attempts to schedule in an assessment, and if it's not possible (e.g. your tenant is self-isolating), then I would delay it until it's a more suitable time. If your tenant refuses entry because they don't want anyone in the house, then I would ensure you get it in writing.

I think a lot of landlords think the coronavirus gives them a free pass to neglect/delay their legal obligations, when it doesn't.

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Benji 31st March, 2020 @ 19:41

@Rainbow girl,

No, only when it is remarketed.

@The Landlord,


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The Landlord 31st March, 2020 @ 19:47

Ah yeah, to be fair, Benji is right. You only need to renew when you're marketing the property for sale or rent again!

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Rainbow girl 31st March, 2020 @ 20:21

Thank you for taking the effort of replying and clarifying! Much appreciated.

@The Landlord
Thank you for attracting such a knowledgeable audience. It saves you from having to be always right ;-)

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Ray Malik 1st April, 2020 @ 09:27

I have a tenant that has not paid last months rent due to not being at work through this corona virus, however she says she is being paid the 80% of her wages, I have said that because she is still being paid even though it’s only 80% that she is still liable to pay the rent as that’s what it’s for. Am I right in thinking this or is she in her rights not to pay?

Please reply many thanks Ray.

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The Landlord 1st April, 2020 @ 09:33

Tenants are legally obligated to pay rent regardless. It doesn't matter if they lost their job or if they're receiving grants etc.

In any case, there aren't any rules on how tenants should or shouldn't spend their salary (which is effectively what the 80% is). From an ethical standpoint, I think tenants should pay their rent if they're furloughed. But everyone is in survival mode right now, so paying rent might not be at the top of their agenda, especially since courts are closed for at least 90 days, and they're entitled to a 3 month notice period.

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Ray malik 1st April, 2020 @ 09:57

Thanks for your prompt reply, Comments most appreciated.


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Bob the Landlord 1st April, 2020 @ 22:34

Hi The Landlord.
Fantastic site, I wish I would have found this a while ago.

It seems that many of us are in the same boat with this. If people have lost their jobs and are unable to pay then fine, I can deal with that. It comes with the territory of being a Landlord.
My tenant, whose income is guaranteed, seems to think Boris' no evictions policy is a nice excuse to stop paying rent, knowing full damn well that they can't be evicted in the near future.

I am now in the conundrum of serving a s.21 notice and potentially having a pissed off tenant with nothing to lose who I can't evict for many months. Alternatively I wait it out to see how things develop. What a happy choice!

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Landlord Dave 2nd April, 2020 @ 12:44

Hi All

Firstly - what a fantastic blog, keep up the good work.

I am experiencing some problems with the COVID-19 situation and a Tenant that is unable to pay rent in full here's the facts:

- Tenant has been in the property since late last year, so relatively short term.

- All rental payments to date have been on times there or thereabouts.

- Tenant contacted recently, noting they have been affected by COVID-19 & have subsequently lost employment.

- The strange thing about this situation is 1 or 2 things don't add up, world pandemic aside, employment seemed to be lost at the end of the year and we have only just been told now (convenient).

- This has seriously lead me to question referencing provided by our agency.

- Tenant refuses to provide evidence of situation and has instead requested LL to make an offer of reduced payment and/or a mortgage holiday! (tail wagging dog).

- Tenant has become a misery to deal with and has become aggressive in communication.

- I am worried about the Government Guidelines as when applied to a circumstance it's contradictory i.e. you must be seen to accomodate your Tenant but then equally the monthly rent is still legally due - it doesn't really make sense when you reach this point.

- My own circumstances with insurance policies and whatnot mean I have saught advice and am following it to the letter. But generally speaking I'm still not feeling great at the prospect of issuing a S21 notice in the current climate nor building arrears with someone who IMO is taking advantage of a situation.

Would appreciate any thoughts on this and hope this helps any other LL in their hour of need, as we are ultimately stuck between a rock and hard place.



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The Landlord 2nd April, 2020 @ 15:18

@Landlord Dave,

Thanks, appreciate it.

Looking at the situation objectively, it does sound like your tenant is taking advantage of the situation. I'm sure many landlords are facing the same situation. In fact, I know there are.

Essentially, the Government is saying we should do our best to accommodate tenants that are facing financial difficulties as best as we can, which may include temporarily deferring rent. The point being that it is only deferred, not a rent free period.

I would personally do the following:

- Offer a reduced amount (e.g. 75% of the regular rate), but make it clear it needs to be paid back.
- Not that it's any of his business, but inform him that a mortgage holiday still incurs interest which you will have to pay, and you may not even qualify for one. Lenders don't have to grant everyone a mortgage holiday.

Then see how he responds.

The reality is though, this doesn't sound like a tenant I would want to keep long-term, particularly because he's become aggressive and making you feel miserable. People often show their true colours in tough times. So I would also strongly consider serving him notice (depending on how he responds to your counter offer). The longer you leave it, the longer you'll be struck with him.

At this point, it's not just about the money, it's about his attitude! And no one will judge you for that.

You're right, it is a tough one! BUT, because he's being a bit of an ass, serving him notice for being in arrears wouldn't be the worst thing to do. Better that than dealing with super nice tenants that are unable to pay rent (trying to find a silver-lining for you here).

Best of luck, Dave.

Please keep us updated.

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Deb 8th April, 2020 @ 23:28

I am suffering the same ; I have a tenant who has been in a year always paid rent on time give a few days late or early .. He contacted me as soon as covid became a real thing and said he couldn't pay .. I asked him to send what he could but havent had a penny .. I found him thru an agent but manage myself the agent wont help at all now .. the tenant had stopped communicating till yesterday.. his wife says she can send me half of rent .. the husband has been working abroad on 120 k a year but says they are having to borrow money from in laws to feed the kids .. the last conversation I had with tennant when I pleaded to his better nature was just deal with it I'm not paying as I havent got it .. I have now found out he has a ten month prison sentence for beating someone up .. they are nearly 2 months behind with rent but I've decided to serve section 21 notice.. I suspect from a photo she screen shot that she had blanked most of it out that she has been claiming single persons benefits but not 100% on this ..I need my home back as I am currently living in lock down in a van .. please can you help

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Kris 13th April, 2020 @ 20:10

Hi, my tenant spilled the oil on the driveway. I have informed him that needs to be cleaned. No action to be taken since 4 weeks. I came round to clean the driveway myself and when he saw me started giving me abusive language. Can I evict him now for breaking the rules in his term to date contract as he's been aggressive. Also he told me that he changed locks and I can't come to property as he's self isolated. What can I do?

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The Landlord 13th April, 2020 @ 21:00

Hi @Kris,

What rules has your tenant actually broken? Because it sounds like you just turned up unannounced with your cleaning mop.

From what you've described, it doesn't sound like you have grounds for eviction, in my opinion.

In any case, you can still serve a Section 21 (Form 6A).

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... 13th April, 2020 @ 21:55

Hi kris
Contact legal 4 landlords so far they have been amazing with me ..
I have had to serve a section 21 and theyve done it all .
I'm just hoping my tenants move out on the date in 3 months so it doesnt have to go to court ..

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Lsg 15th April, 2020 @ 17:17

Anyone else got a tenant that has abandoned the property, subletting, left the country, refuse to give back possession and stopped paying the rent before the virus restrictions were put in place?

So frustrating... by the time we come out of this they will have horrendous debt that I have no expectations of being able to get out of them..

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The Landlord 15th April, 2020 @ 21:41

Oh wow, that's quite a mix of issues. What an awful situation, that sounds ridiculously frustrating. I feel for you.

The reality is, since your tenant has left the country it's going to be near impossible to recover any money (unless they return?).

I would get in touch with legal4landlords to seek free legal advice as recommended by myself and another contributor (comment #70) to help you get your property back ASAP, and they can also guide you on rent recover and whether it's a likely scenario.

Best of luck, truly!!!

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Wjd 15th April, 2020 @ 21:59

Hi landlord

I've now served section 21 thru legal 4 landlords.. I am living in a van on lock down in Spain and my tenant isn't paying rent due to losing his job not because of the virus but because hes on a suspended prison sentence .. he hasn't messaged or acknowledged the notice .. what can I do now ? Is it just a waiting game with no rent to see if he moves out or not .. I really need to get home so I can get back to work and pay my mortgage .. I'm so frustrated I've been a good landlord and feel really let down ..

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The Landlord 15th April, 2020 @ 22:12

Hi @Wjd
Ouch, another one!

Yeah, unfortunately it's a [extremely frustrating and long] waiting game. It usually always is in those situations! Did LegalforLandlord advise you on what your next steps should be?

I feel your pain. I think most good landlords have been let down at some point. It hurts. But it's a reminder of how important it is to find decent tenants is, and to never take any shortcuts with referencing (not saying you did).

Out of curiosity, is it one of those converted Transit vans you're living out of? Oddly enough, I've been following a couple of "Van life" YouTubers - looks like fun (minus the whole showering through a hose with cold water part).

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Wjd 15th April, 2020 @ 22:33

Yes my tenants were found thru an estate agent who did all the checks .. they were perfect on paper he worked abroad on 120k a year his mrs had 2 kids and to be fair always paid on time give a few days either way . She fell pregnant again and I even went round to drop a card off for the baby and we left on really good terms .. then he messaged a week after I'd left to go take a career break for 6 months to say he couldnt pay anymore .. I tried to reason with him and asked him to send whatever he could and could we work a payment plan out this was the day the government announced the new eviction rule . He turned nasty on the phone.. the agent isn't interested in helping me as I manage it myself. Theyve been in since last April.. I found out by accident about the offence he committed but the article I came across said he had 10 previous offences.. I rang the agent and they said they only do checks for bad credit etc even tho I paid £700 finders fee .. they even got my surname wrong on tenancy agreement so ice had to serve a section 48 first .. yes I should have noticed that 🙈

Regarding the van we had a converted long wheel based but now I'm part of the motor home brigade . I've worked all my life never claimed a penny in benefits but now feel I'm resented because I chose travel over material things .. my home was kept and rented for security for my future and inheritance for my daughter .. wished I'd just sold it and should have known not to rely on anyone but myself . I just want to go home go back to work and give up the dream

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The Landlord 15th April, 2020 @ 22:52

Sounds like shocking service from the agent! Referencing usually checks for CCJs, Decrees, and other court information. If he had 10 previous offences you'd think something would have shown up in the report.

Either way, you'd hope they would be a little more helpful given the circumstances.

Don't give up on your dream, but I hear what you're saying. I'm sure it's difficult to relax when that is going on back home.

In any case, all we can do is hope the tenant moves out. If not, you'll have to go to court for a possession order once the notice has expired (and the courts have reopened).

You can also try and recover the debt if you think it's worth it, I know LegalforLandlords offer that service, too.

A RGI (Rent Insurance) policy would have been useful right about now. Next time, maybe! On that note, have you contacted your landlord insurer to see if there's anything you can claim against? Bit of a long shot, but some standard landlord insurance policies do partially cover legal costs and/or loss of rent. Might be worth checking your policy, or even contacting them directly.

Best of luck!

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Wjd 15th April, 2020 @ 23:11

Thanks ..
I will contact my insurance tomorrow I did contact them a couple of weeks back but that was before I found legal 4 landlords .. I might give my agent a call too .

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Grumpy 16th April, 2020 @ 06:36


How about checking to see what your agents service should have done. Maybe their agreement said they would check for CCJ credit checks etc but they didn’t. They you will have to leverage over them. They might had given you a contract when they agreed to do the ref check.

Converting a van to a stealth camper is a deep rabbit hole on YouTube. Not that I’ve spent a long time doing it either and have a stack of notes and welding course booked.....!😉

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Lsg 17th April, 2020 @ 09:56

Thanks for your response, we have emailed our MP explaining the situation, if the law isn't working right now maybe we can all apply pressure to the government to see if we can get them to update it. While I completely understand protecting those who are stuck in these awful circumstances, I do not understand protecting those people that are abusing what the government put in place.

Good luck all of you.

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Bill Jones 17th April, 2020 @ 10:23

Hi Landlord

I've just been served a section 21 form6a dated 16/04/2020 but it appears to be the old form with 2 months notice wording - is this form legal / valid or would they need to send me a new form? This was sent by the estate agents recorded delivery. We have never missed rent payments or late and I still have a job.

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Bill Jones 17th April, 2020 @ 10:26

Just to clarify they have given 3 months notice but the form is the old 6a form

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The Landlord 17th April, 2020 @ 10:29

Hi @Bill

Pretty surprising you've been served notice. Maybe the landlord is facing hardship and needs the property back.

In any case, it sounds like the notice is invalid, because they need to use the new Form 6A (since 26th March), which states "You are entitled to at least three months’ notice before being required to give up possession of the property" - download link available in the main blog post.

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Grumoy 17th April, 2020 @ 10:46

Hi Bill,

If it’s the wrong form I would be inclined to do nothing, Wait as long as you can and until you start getting letters about evictions then inform them the form is incorrect and invalid and they will have to start again and reissue the correct form with another 3 month notice.

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Benji 17th April, 2020 @ 14:06


"inform them the form is incorrect and invalid and they will have to start again and reissue the correct form with another 3 month notice."

Ask them for a reference at the same time.

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Wjd 18th April, 2020 @ 01:02

I an really worried and so stressed .. my tenant isn't responding to anything not the section 21 not paying rent not replying back to me at all.. is there a chance I could loose my home.

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Grumpy (ex landlord) 18th April, 2020 @ 06:43


So long as YOU pay your mortgage I cannot see how you will lose your home.

You should keep using the legal4landlords and let then see through the eviction processs.

It will take months though.

If you cannot pay your mortgage you should contact the bank and explain to give you time.

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Lsg 18th April, 2020 @ 09:00


Hi, try what we have.. contact your local MP and explain the situation and how the tenant is abusing governments legislation. Maybe if enough people raise it they will help landlords too by amending it to stop the tenants taking advantage

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Wjd 18th April, 2020 @ 09:09

Ok thank you..
I just do not understand the law .. I have never claimed benefits always worked 2 or more jobs at a time.. had a mortgage since I was 19 years old yet because I chose to rent out to someone who was happy to enter a tenancy agreement can now just decide not to pay or respond and I have to be the one who is careful so I dont upset him .. LsG regarding contacting local MP do I just google that ?

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emediong 12th May, 2020 @ 10:24

I left my appartment i rented because of the covid19 lockdown for 2 months on coming back my landlord ask me to pay for the house rent for the months i was not around.. do i have the right not to pay

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The Landlord 12th May, 2020 @ 10:37

If the tenancy agreement wasn't terminated, yes.

If you just left the apartment, you're still responsible for paying the rent.


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