About to serve accelorated possession papers, but what is a certificate of service?

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    About to serve accelorated possession papers, but what is a certificate of service?

    Hi,
    I have rented my house through an estate agency, and I asked them to give notice to my tenants, which they did as a s21.
    I now need to go through the official channels to get tenants out (council have advised them to stay until formal eviction, grr).
    I am doing the accelerated possession papers myself, but am unsure if I need a certificate of service. As I said, I instructed the estate agency to give the enants notice, and I have photocopies of the S21 and a photocopy of a proof of postage from the post office.
    Please advise! I have never rented my property before, and have had my fingers well and truly burnt.

    Regards, LJB

    #2
    Another time, it would be better to send two copies of the s21 from different post offices and to keep the free certificates of posting as a court will accept these as proof you served it. (A T might persuade a judge he hadn't received one notice, but not two!)

    If you have not done that, then the original certificate would be better than a photocopy, I would think. Who has that?
    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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      #3
      I presume the estate agency. I sent an email asking them to instruct the tenants. I went and got copies of all the paperwork from them.

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        #4
        Originally posted by ljbljb View Post
        I presume the estate agency. I sent an email asking them to instruct the tenants. I went and got copies of all the paperwork from them.
        Since you are representing yourself you will need to provide a bundle of documents for the court and I would assume that it is preferable to have the originals in your possession.

        They are no use to the agents, are they?
        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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          #5
          That's a good point! I'll ask for them. They can have the photocopies back! Thanks for the advice. I'm having a nightmare and feel the situation is very unfair, but I will follow the law. Just wish I had somewhere to live myself.....

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