How long does the whole eviction process take? We're desperate

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    How long does the whole eviction process take? We're desperate

    Hi there

    We are in the process of trying to evicit a tenant who hasn't paid us rent in over 6 months- last paid in August(owing us over £9000)We first served him notice in Novemeber (which he ignored) and have now got a court date set for April. We have been told by our lawyer that he probably won't be out until June. I just can't believe it will take this long and there is really nothing that we can do about it-just wait....he has put us under huge financial/emotional strain. Is there anything else we can do???? Any advice would be really appreciated.
    Thanks

    #2
    Assuming this is an assured shorthold tenancy in England/Wales, the only way to evict a T who is unwilling to go is by due process of law. See these links (written by a forum member, Snorkerz) for a general idea of eviction procedure.

    http://tenancyanswers.ucoz.com/index..._contract/0-36
    http://tenancyanswers.ucoz.com/index..._contract/0-37

    Your first mistake was not to serve a s.8 notice the day after the second months' rent was due and unpaid (presumably, sometime in September).

    What notice did you actually serve in November? s.8 or s.21? And when does/did the fixed term expire?

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      #3
      Court date in April?? Assuming all your paperwork is perfect (??) then you might get them out May..

      Do not be tempted to try any other approach that through the court. It will almost certainly be seen as harassment & result in (maybe) criminal conviction/fine for you and more time for tenant to stay in property. Except one way: Handled very sensitively you might be able to "bribe" tenant to leave - but that might backfire also...

      Why the wait till April?? What sort of notice did you serve?? S21 ??
      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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