Stephensons Solicitors ask Landlords: Are You Protected When Evicting Tenants?
Landlords beware! Evicting your tenants could be trickier than you might think, that is the verdict of Stephensons Solicitors.
Landlords beware! Evicting your tenants could be trickier than you might think, that is the verdict of Stephensons Solicitors, who warn that if landlords fail to follow the various stages of eviction, they could find themselves with a costly legal dispute on their hands.
The firm has moved to inform landlords of their responsibilities and requirements involving the eviction process to ensure that the process is handled successfully and with a minimum of fuss. The priority is ensuring that all regulations are complied with and all expectations are met.
Unfortunately, residents arenít always in a hurry to move when instructed by their landlord, and depending upon how determined they are to remain the eviction process can be prolonged. The important thing is to always act in accordance with up to date government legislation to ensure that the law remains on your side.
Stephensons Solicitors have outlined four simple stages of the eviction process so that it is simpler than ever for landlords to carry out a legal tenant eviction. As always, professional legal advice is recommended before pursuing the action.
Stage one of the eviction process is the initial warning, which should take the form of a written warning so that a record can be kept. The initial 7 day warning letter advising the tenant to vacate the premises can be completed professionally by an expert at Stephensons Solicitors for £10.00 plus VAT.
Next, the landlord should issue a notice seeking possession. Two notices can be served, referred to as a Section 21 notice or Section 8 notice. Either can be serviced by Stephensons for a total cost of £75 plus VAT.
The third stage of the eviction process is court proceedings which should only be pursued if a warning letter or notice seeking possession are unsuccessful.
Stephensons Solicitors can assist in the legal process for £450 plus VAT and disbursements. This includes the drafting of a claim form for possession and the issuing of the form, plus legal representation at the subsequent hearing.
Finally, the eviction can be enforced with bailiff action, but only as a last legal resort. For Stephensons Solicitors to draft and issue an application for the official warrant for eviction, landlords must pay £100 plus VAT and disbursements.
If the eviction is contested at any point Stephensons Solicitors can provide legal representation at an hourly rate.
For more information talk to the experts at Stephensons Solicitors today by calling 0333 344 4772 or arranging a call back online at http://www.stephensons.co.uk/†
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