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    Easiest way to evict tenant

    Looking for some advice please. I have a tenant who now owes my 3 1/2 months rent (she has missed several non consecutive payments since December). Despite coming up with an agreement of how she will pay back the money owed (which was suggested by the tenant) the rent hadn't been paid again this month. I've looked into serving a section 8 and 21 but it seems really expensive. I'm at the point now where I'm not bothered about getting back the money she hasn't paid - I just want her out. What is the most straightforward way to do this please? There is no tenancy (we didn't bother renewing it after 2 years as there had been no problems) and no deposit was taken

    #2
    Serving a Sec 21 and Sec 8 aren't expensive. As Sec 8 notice is difficult though.

    The easiest way is to use a Sec 21, but takes a few months. A Sec 8 "may" get them out quicker though.
    Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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      #3
      That you didn't serve s21 & s8 3 months ago puzzles me.

      There is a tenancy - same as old one, carrying on as periodic.

      Quickest is bribe them to go, but I wouldn't do it...

      I'd pursue s21 & s8 having served them months ago.
      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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        #4
        Section 21 is about the cheapest option possible (if the tenant can't be persuaded to give notice).
        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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          #5
          Thanks- I didn't serve the section 21 before now as she had been a good tenant for nearly 4 years until recently and had always paid on time so I wanted to see if we could work out an arrangement. My patience has worn thin now though! Would you recommend serving the section 21 myself or have a solicitor do it? I'm aware it can cause problems for landlords if not done properly

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            #6
            Fill in the sticky on the front page of this forum giving exact dates and you will be advised how to do it. It is very straight forward as long as you get the dates and information right!
            It helps that you have no deposit to worry about.

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              #7
              Do you think that an approach along the lines of 'you are obviously going through some financial difficulties at the moment and struggling with the rent. Would you like to surrender the tenancy and avoid further debt?' Would be worthwhile?

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