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    Section 21 at the moment

    I have a tenant whom I have ceased to trust. I basically want her out. The rent is getting later each month and I just don’t need the stress. Other niggles but that is the main one and I strongly feel it’s paving the way to outright defaulting on rent. Ideally I want her out and to get other tenants in, with full agent management. I’ve never had to travel this road before, I understand Covid has put a big spanner in the works, and the process is lasting longer now. But is it worth starting the process ASAP? Or are landlords required to wait until the courts reopen?. I believe I complied with all the regs EPC, EICR, GSC, How to Rent, deposit protected and entails served within 28 days. Any advice welcome.

    #2
    Serve s21 and s8 (all valid grounds) today to give yourself options.
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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      #3
      Thanks for the advice. Rent was forthcoming ( but late) today so I am keeping this under my hat. Hope they move out under their own steam as have let slip they’re looking to buy, but I will certainly read through s21 and s8 in preparation.

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        #4
        100% serve S21 & 8. It will only get worse. If you change your mind and decide 3 months down the line you want to evict you have lost 3 months. Read some of the horror stories on here with people waiting 12 months+ on some notices. Don’t Shoot yourself in the foot trying to be nice.

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          #5
          I'm in a similar position, but have been advised to wait to serve my tenant notice, as there is a chance that at the end of May (as part of the government's easing of the Covid measures) the notice period might be reduced from the current 6 months to two or three months and, if this happens and a Section 21 notice has already been served, I wouldn't be able to override this but would have to wait for the six months to expire. Is this a gamble worth taking?

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            #6
            You can serve as many section 21 notices in parallel as you want.
            Each notice doesn't invalidate or affect another.
            So you're delaying for no reason.

            Don't serve hundreds, though, that would start to cross into harassment.
            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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              #7
              Ok, thanks jpkeates

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                #8
                If the tenant is paying, albeit late, I would wait until the eviction process returns to some sort of normality before considering further action.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
                  If the tenant is paying, albeit late, I would wait until the eviction process returns to some sort of normality before considering further action.
                  Has anyone got any idea when that might be?

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                    #10
                    See what happens after 31 May. That's when things are supposed to change.

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                      #11
                      Thanks everyone. DPT57 I’m minded to wait and see. It’s the days of chasing up every month that piss me off. I guess because I’ve always paid my bills on time ( rent, childminder, tradesmen etc) and I think it’s rude not to. The one advantage of all this is I’ve grown a thicker skin and think nothing of sending text, voicemail and email simultaneously to ask for the rent. The old nice, public sector worker me wouldn’t have been able to.
                      I think I’ll go for full agency management next time.

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