Dealing with illegal tenants or delinquents can be frustrating. Despite your leniency, they still cannot comply with simple policies. If you think you have done everything to solve this issue, it is time to consider eviction. Just make sure you are following the steps legally to avoid problems in the future.
It is important to follow the standard procedures when evicting tenants. There are several cases recently where tenants have pressed charges against their landlords for illegal evictions. Keep in mind that you can get penalised for any form of harassment. To give you an idea, here are some actions you need to avoid:
– Cutting utility access, such as electricity, water, etc.
– Confiscating the main keys
– Refusing to carry out maintenance and repairs
– Indecent, offensive or aggressive behaviour (causing distractions intentionally, verbal and physical abuse, invasion of privacy, and property damages)
– Threatening and physical violence
Authorities will likewise investigate how you managed the eviction process. This includes how you send your eviction notice to your tenants. Did you give them enough time to leave your property? How did you send your notice? In addition, they need to review the contract signed by both parties.
What to Do
The first thing you need to do is to consult a legal professional. Find a law firm specialising in property laws. Consider hiring a private bailiff service as well. These agencies can help you with all the paperwork and other legal procedures when evicting tenants.
Be prepared with your testimonies and present all the legal documents, including the tenant-landlord agreement, signed contracts, written warnings and payment records.
Usually, they will recommend sending your tenants a Section 21 notice if you want to repossess the property for a certain period. On the other hand, you can send the Section 8 notice for failure to comply with the terms of tenancy.
Once you have sent all the formal warning notice, you may now apply for a warrant for possession. If your tenants still refuse to leave, bailiffs should take care of the situation.