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Evictions

The eviction of a tenant has to follow a special legal procedure and the process involved depends on the type of tenancy. A landlord who tries to evict a tenant illegally may be committing a criminal offence. This is why we at Midland Housing Ltd are here to guide you and offer you very competitive rates to take all the stress away from you.

Reasons For Eviction

Landlords may legally evict tenants for one of three basic reasons. First and most common is for not paying rent. Secondly for other non-trivial violations of the tenancy agreement. Alternatively, landlords may also evict tenants whose tenancy has expired to gain back possession of the property. 
Please note there are alternative reasons also...

Other Prohibited Conduct

Landlords may not harass their tenants to try to get them to leave. Specifically, they may not cut off utilities and are not to change the locks.

Notice

Landlords must give tenants a notice to quit before evicting them.. The precise timing and form of the notice varies by the actual notice used.

Court Proceedings

Usually after giving tenants notice of eviction, landlords must wait the given time period for the notice to expire. If, after this time has passed, tenants have not vacated the property voluntarily, the landlord cannot simply physically remove them. Instead, the landlord must get a court order. This is usually a long winded process but that’s why we are here to help you.

Removals

Sometimes, even though a landlord has a court order instructing a tenant to leave, the tenant still refuses to leave. In these cases, the landlord must apply for a Bailiff to help remove the tenant.

Costs Of Eviction

For landlords, evictions are frustrating, expensive, and sometimes dangerous. Landlords will have to pay court fees, instruct a solicitor, and apply for a bailiff to actually evict the tenant. The process can take weeks or months to complete, during which landlords are rarely able to collect rent from the tenant he or she is evicting. Many landlords are not completely familiar with housing laws, and innocent procedural mistakes can delay evictions by weeks or longer.

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