Efficient residential tenant eviction

We help landlords and agents with problem tenants and take the surprises out of legal action. Our eviction services will help you gain possession of your property in compliance with the law.


Target icon

Accuracy

Accuracy is key and you won’t find a more accurate service than ours

Leadership icon

Leadership

The first to introduce the much copied three-step procedure and have now added a very popular fourth debt recovery step to our service

Quick icon

Efficiency

Over 60% of all tenants we serve leave at step one.

Target icon

Accuracy

Accuracy is key and you won’t find a more accurate service than ours.

Leadership

We were the first to introduce the much copied three-step procedure and have now added a very popular fourth debt recovery step to our service.

Leadership icon
Quick icon

Efficiency

Well over 60% of all tenants we serve leave at step one.

Step 1 - Serve notice

Step image

Thorough review

For this vital step we complete a thorough review of the information provided to us

Advise if necessary

Based on the information provided we will advise if any action is required to ensure the notice is served with no risk

Draft and serve notice

Once all the paperwork is in order, we will draft and serve the appropriate notice

Fee listStart step 1

Thorough review

For this vital step we complete a thorough review of the information provided to us

Advise if necessary

Based on the information provided we will advise if any action is required to ensure the notice is served with no risk

Draft and serve notice

Once all the paperwork is in order, we will draft and serve the appropriate notice

Fee listStart step 1

Step 2 - Issue claims

Draft claim

If a tenant does not vacate after being served a possession notice then a court claim needs to be made. We can do draft for you

Court forms

We will complete the relevant court forms, paying relevant fess through out court account in order to start the claim process. If your case requires a review hearing, there will be further fees which we will inform you of

Preparing your claim

During this stage we will collate all relevant paperwork with and index for the judge's use at the court hearing

Instructing your advocate

We will arrange for an expert representative to accompany you at court

Fee listStart step 2
Step 2 image

Draft claim

If a tenant does not vacate after being served a possession notice then a court claim needs to be made. We can do draft for you

Court forms

We will complete the relevant court forms, paying relevant fess through out court account in order to start the claim process. If your case requires a review hearing, there will be further fees which we will inform you of

Preparing your claim

During this stage we will collate all relevant paperwork with and index for the judge's use at the court hearing

Instructing your advocate

We will arrange for an expert representative to accompany you at court

Fee listStart step 2

Step 3 - Bailiffs

Bailiff image

Only an obstinate tenant doesn’t leave by a date set by the court. When they don’t, we arrange for officials to remove them. The fee includes an application to the bailiff which can only be made after we have a possession order. Some judges agree to allow us to apply for a high court sheriff to enforce the possession order. This is a much quicker process than instructing a county court bailiff and, although there is a higher fee, is recommended if it was granted by the court.

Instruct

Only an obstinate tenant doesn’t leave by a date set by the court. When they don’t, we arrange for officials to remove them. The fee includes an application to the bailiff which can only be made after we have a possession order. Some judges agree to allow us to apply for a high court sheriff to enforce the possession order. This is a much quicker process than instructing a county court bailiff and, although there is a higher fee, is recommended if it was granted by the court.

Instruct

Why you should not do it yourself?

Serving a notice is actually the most important part of the possession process. You can’t do anything until notice is served. It isn’t complicated, but one tiny error can cause dreadful problems. That’s why we say, don’t DIY and don’t use internet amateurs. It’s not worth it.

There are invalid notices served every week, but nobody ever knows because the tenants leave. That’s fine. But when they don’t leave and your notice is invalid, you have real problems. This is because you only find out at Step two, when you need the court.

If the notice is invalid, you have to start all over again. The weeks or months you’ve waited are wasted. If there were rent arrears, there are now more. If there weren’t rent arrears, they might now start. More fees. More lost rent. Still no possession and tenants can be alerted to making a counterclaim.

Courts take the view that possession proceedings can make someone homeless, so they are very careful. If there’s any error in the notice, they throw the case out. It’s the process - get it right or lose. There are still landlords and agents risking hundreds or even thousands because they want to save a few pounds on a notice, but it just doesn’t make any sense!

Landlords can find free forms on the internet. There are cheap amateurs and companies dressed up like lawyers. Be careful. Often their fees don’t include court fees or VAT, or both. And you need to ask the question, who is drafting these notices?

We’ve been doing this since 1999. We know it’s all about the detail. Detail needs experts. And detail takes time. Expert time is worth it if it saves you a costly mistake.

Compare Section 21 and Section 8

Has the tenant done anything wrong?

Section 21

If no, you can only use s21

Section 8

If over two months' rent or breach for something other than non-payment, you can use s8

How much notice do I need to give the tenant?

Section 21

Under s21 you must give the tenant two months' notice

Section 8

Under s8 you may only have to give the tenant two weeks' notice even if you are still within the fixed term

Can I get any money owed back?

Section 21

Even though rent arrears are not covered under s21 you can make a separate claim for debt within six years

Section 8

Even if the tenant does not have any assets or employment, we can apply to register your money judgment ensuring there is a public record by way of CCJ

Can the tenant defend?

Section 21

Tenant cannot defend a s21 claim if the application is valid

Section 8

Even if you get an Order for rent arrears you still need to recover the money owed

Which process is easier?

Section 21

The s21 procedure is smoother if you have fully complied with for example deposit or gas safety legislation

Section 8

The s8 procedure does provide the tenant with a range of defences even if they cannot ultimately prove them

Unable to proceed?

Request a call back for advice from our experts

The Landlord Action legal team are experienced lawyers and paralegals who are experts in property law. Our aim is always to resolve issues quickly and minimise losses. Speak to one of our team to find out how you can get the results you need.