Any recommendations or advice in which legal company to use for tenant eviction?

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    Any recommendations or advice in which legal company to use for tenant eviction?

    Hi all, I am new here and really looking for some advice and recommendations on legal firms as browsing the internet for 2 days is giving me a real headache.

    I am a landlrd and have been renting my house out to the same tenants since July 2014. Since 2017, they started to pay the rent late by few weeks to 1 month and giving excuses. However the last 3 months, they have not paid any rent, providing excuses to delay rent i.e, made redundant, funeral, depression. It has come to the point that it is no longer sustainable or fair on me, therefore last week I mentioned through text messages (as they were not replying to my calls) that I would have to ask them to leave if they continued to not pay the rent arears. The letting agent suggested sending out a Section 21, however being a Saturday where many are not open, I am struggling to find a legal team to help me start the process. I did speak to a company called Landlord Eviction Service who recommended I served section 8., can‘t beleive everything is just so expensive!!! So I am still looking around.

    I have sent her a message and given her 24 hrs notice that I will be visiting tomorrow to discuss rent arears and give her anither deadline before I serve her a notice, whether she opens the door is another thing. Either way, I just want my rent arears paid and her out now, as the trust is no longer there. I realise that I might have not given her the prescribled information when I use DPS for her deposit, so I was thinking of posting it through the door or hand it to her tomorrow putting today‘s date. I know I am liable for a penalty for not handing this over to her within 30 days, it was a gebnuine error. Therefore.....

    Can anyone recommend a helpful legal team? I am based in London
    Section 21 or Section 8???

    #2
    There are a number of specialist firms - although the site rules mean we can't offer recommendations.

    I would suggest that you find a firm (who will appear expensive but will probably be worth it) and let them handle the paperwork and sort out documentation.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      Hi jpkeates,

      Thanks for your reply. Sorry, I didn‘t realised I‘m not allowed to ask for recommendations. I will bear that in mind the next time. I have had a few firms called me back offering different advice based on me potentially not given the prescribled infirmation on time. 1 solicitor is saying I can still issue a section 8 as tenant won‘t likely prosecute over a bit of paper, the other firm is saying, I should not issue a section 8 but instead repay their deposit and issue a section 21 as with an 8 I could end up owing them money as either way I‘m liable for a penalty.

      The thing is, when I called the letting agency, they said the prescribled information was given and highlighted the tenancy contract which had only the DPS terms and conditions atattched to it, I just wasn‘t sure. I visited the property today to try and resolve things, as predicted, the tenants were not in despite me giving them over 24 hrs notice. I just posted another copy of the prescribled information, certificate, T&C, how to rent guide and a covering letter explaining that they are in arears and need to contact me by tomorrow.

      All this is just giving me a real headache and losing sleep and it‘s only the beginning.:-(

      Tomorrow, i will call more firms and hopefully get some help! :-(

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        #4
        If the only issue is that you didn't give the prescribed information the company that told you that you needed to return the deposit before serving s21 were not correct (although it does make the repossession process much simpler, because it takes away a lot of explanation).

        The section 8 route is quicker and (as they owe more than 2 month's rent) a sensible option.
        But it can be defended - which is one reason to use a specialist repossession company, as they're better placed to deal with a defence.

        s21 has the benefit of having no defence other than the notice is invalid for some reason, and there are many reasons, which again a specialist can help you with.

        Many repossession organisations are quite small and use social media to publicise their successes.
        So look for an organisation who'd social media feeds are full of photographs of smiling landlords standing outside courts.
        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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