As most landlord enquiries are regarding evicting a tenant, it’s unsurprising that this is one of the most commonly asked questions. However, under an assured shorthold tenancy (AST) there are three stages to evicting a tenant, which are:
1. Draft and serve notice: Identify which notice you need to serve to your tenant. Under an AST, you will need to serve either a section 21 notice or a section 8 notice to your tenant.
2. Issue a possession claim: Tenants don’t have to vacate the premises by the date set out in the eviction notice. In this instance, you will need to issue a possession claim to the court.
3. Apply for a warrant of possession: If your tenant still hasn’t vacated the property following the possession claim, you will need to apply for a warrant of possession which, if granted, will give bailiffs permission to evict your tenants.
Only in severe circumstances will your eviction progress to stage three. In most cases, a tenant will vacate the premises after receiveing the eviction notice.