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    #16
    As jpk says.

    Were you to return keys lender would then evict occupants - added to your bill, sell (not clearing place up or redecorating for best price, add selling costs to your bill etc etc.

    You would go on mortgage companies shared blacklist & probably never get another mortgage.

    Take control,assert yourself, evict these scro+ts, sue them for damage & owed rent, they get CCJ, Then re-rent or sell.
    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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      #17
      Your situation is not unique there will be thousands of landlords in your situation. Imagine if they all decided to simply hand over the property to the lenders?

      There is a procedure to deal with this kind of situation all you need to do is follow it. Plenty of advise available to guide you.

      The council are paying the rent so at least you are getting paid the bulk of the rent.

      If you want rid of these tenants then section 21 will be your best route. Return the deposit or get a signed letter from the tenant off setting it for unpaid rent and then serve a section 21 notice and follow it through.
      If you do get a deed of surrender make sure its witnessed and you can use it to start eviction proceedings you will still need to go to court. I cannot comment on using a deed of surrender as I never have. I am not sure if the procedure will be the same as the section 21.
      Any advice I give is my opinion and experience, I am as you also learning.

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        #18
        You could try Bribing them with money to leave. It will be less expensive than eviction and penalty claim proceedings.

        However, if they are holding out for a council place then they are still likely to refuse and put you through the whole long expensive process.

        You could give them a section 21 to use for the council. Offer them 800 pound, being the return of their deposit and the maximum penalty you would receive of 200 X 3.

        Advise them that you will hand over this money when you have vacant possession and they return the keys, and ensure you get a witnessed signed statement from them.

        They probably won't be aware yet that the deposit isn't protected and that they have a right to claim the penalty. 800 pound may be enough to encourage them to leave

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