S21 Notice - advice needed

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    S21 Notice - advice needed

    Hi all

    Thanks in advance for all advice.

    I require tenants to leave as I'd like to sell my property with vacant possession. I moved due to my job and let out the house that I own. I rent where I am currently based but I'm now settled here and want to buy. I need to sell to fund this purchase.

    All paperwork in order.
    Deposit protected.
    12 months AST
    £900pcm
    Fixed term ends 19th July 2017.

    Should I serve the S21 now, therefore giving them more time to find a new place to rent? Or wait? I'm also happy with them leaving at any point from now, the sooner the better really, as I'm eager to sell and purchase a property where I now live. I realise I cannot force my tenants out (they are good tenants anyway) so I'm happy to wait.

    Any advice gratefully received.

    GMAP

    #2
    You could always offer them a financial incentive to leave earlier or just try to agree a surrender. However, if they don't want to go then s21 is just the start of a process that according to Gov't statistics takes an average of 41 weeks for you to achieve possession. Most tenants just go at the expiry of the s21 so I would talk to them and see where they are at.

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      #3
      Just tell them you're looking to sell and would be serving them notice later on but are happy to come to an agreement for earlier termination.

      Any section 21 notice you serve has a 6 months validity, including the 2 months notice. (Assuming monthly rent payment)
      I am not a lawyer, nor am I licensed to provide any regulated advice. None of my posts should be treated as legal or financial advice.

      I do not answer questions through private messages which should be posted publicly on the forum.

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        #4
        So you've served on Tenant (as opposed to happen to have). EPC, GSC, "How to rent" booklet?
        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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          #5
          Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
          So you've served on Tenant (as opposed to happen to have). EPC, GSC, "How to rent" booklet?
          Yes, I have.

          Collated it all in a folder and passed to them at check-in.

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            #6
            Do you have evidence that you gave it?

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              #7
              I have an email stating that I've given it to them which they have responded to saying thanks...

              I'm hoping this suffices?

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                #8
                Yeah, judge should agree - if it ever got that far
                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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                  #9
                  In future, get something signed by the tenant that they have received all the required documents.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by DPT57 View Post
                    In future, get something signed by the tenant that they have received all the required documents.
                    Thanks for your help and advice. I'm hoping it will all go ok. I have a lot of respect for full time landlords. It's not my bag - I've had great tenants since July (touch wood it'll stay that way for the remaining few months), they pay their on time and inspections have gone pretty well. Still stresses me out though - goodness knows why!?!

                    I'll probably get in touch to let them know in the next few days, telling them we'll be serving notice formally so it's not a shock for them.

                    Thanks again.

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                      #11
                      I know some others disagree with my 'shorthand' that rel docs must be served with s21.
                      What I mean is that rel docs (valid GSC, latest version of Right to Rent Guide) should be provided before a valid s21 can be served.

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