Residential Evictions – Step 1

Residential Eviction:
Why landlords need us for Step-1.

Serving a notice is actually the most important part of the possession process. You can’t do anything until it’s 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. Because you only find out at Step2, 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. And still no possession. Tenants can be alerted to making a counter-claim.

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. And still there are landlords and agents risking hundreds or thousands because they want to save a few pounds on a notice. It 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 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 when it saves you a costly mistake.

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Detail needs experts. Expert time is worth it when it saves you a costly mistake. Main objective: Get the property back. Best action: Very precise treatment.

Serving a notice is actually the most important part of the possession process.

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.

1. Compliance Errors
If the tenant doesn’t leave at Step1, the notice had better be valid. Because then it has to go to court. Any little error can get a case thrown out. And you have to start all over again.

2. Attempting Short-Cuts.
In an effort to be quick, some internet services aimed at landlords are using short-cuts around the process. But if the tenant doesn’t leave (50%) these practices can backfire at court and the case thrown out.

3. Trying to Save Pennies.
Internet services have mushroomed and landlords can expect to get what they pay for. To get the process done PROPERLY it takes a certain amount of time for an expert to look over a file and be accurate. Our fees cover that expert time.

There are services on the web who will prepare papers BUT they get you to pay the court-fee separately and get you to sign the court papers – so in fact they don’t represent you!

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