EVICTIONS: Letting agents to wait up to 14 months to eject tenants, warns expert

Both Landlord Action and The Guild have warned that landlords and agents face a long wait to regain possession after Friday's government announcements.


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.”

Link to Staff Training featurePaul 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.”


  1. An interesting perfect storm, as explained to me today, those in local authority housing will be paying rent, those in coliving, being professionals will be paying rent, those in the PRS, may not be able to pay rent. Everyone needs a place to live, that is a basic human right, being a landlord as far back as 1989, over the years you have to take the rough with the smoothe, but luckily I am a landlord no more, if however I was sitting on a portfolio of ten properties, what percentage would have tenants unable to pay? And what would my viewpoint be?

    Again for landlords it depends where they are in the cycle, are the properties financed, could no rent tip them into needing to sell, and with a tenant in situ that might not be an easy equation.

    One thing that could ease things would be a housing secretary a little older and who has knowledge of the dynamics of the UK housing market, and a housing minister with stronger credentials would help too, as the whitehall mandarins are once again wrong footing our elected MP’s.

  2. Paul Offley is behaving like an idiot! and just sucking up to the Government just how are we to survive with no funds coming in ? Either the Government must pay the full rent until the tenant can or the government should shut up and leave the owners alone.
    Let’s face it the Government sold all the Council Housing because they were incapable of running such an easy business. So who the hell are they to dictate to us now?

  3. Tenants will just take advantage and pay nothing for as long as possible! This is a blatant anti landlord bill and should be rejected by all just throw the tenant out by force and take the consequences!
    It will be cheaper than the wait. There are not enough police cells for all of us and it will be a holiday anyway. Three square meals a day and plenty of sleep instead of worry.
    Seriously we need to stand together and tell the Government to go to hell.
    Do any of you know what stand together means?

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