Evicting a tenant from a property could now take up to 14 months following Friday’s evictions ban extension announcements, a leading evictions within the industry has predicted.
Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action says that a letting agent or landlord wishing to remove a non-paying tenant from a property could now face a very long wait to regain possession of the property when the new six-month notice period is taken into consideration.
“After serving a notice, if you add in the six-month notice period announced on Friday, the time needed to fulfil the pre-action requirements that will kick in after September 20th, up to eight weeks’ wait for a court hearing date, the two-week wait for the tenant to challenge the notice, a further court date wait if the tenant refuses to cooperate, and the ensuing wait for a bailiff to become available, then in a worst-case scenario is could be 14 months,” says Shamplina.
“And that’s assuming that it’s a relatively straightforward eviction and the tenant is mostly cooperative with the process.”
Paul Offley (left), compliance officer at The Guild of Property Professionals, agrees.
“All in all, it will be some time before the landlord gets their property back,” he says.
“Whilst the announcement could be seen as good news for tenants as it gives them the security of having a home, especially during a time when so many have been effected by the financial impact of the pandemic, it begs the question – what about the landlord?
“Once an agent is aware of a problem, they should work with the tenant on getting the situation resolved as soon as possible to avoid having to go down the long eviction route, and rather look at alternate options that will work for both the landlord and tenant.”