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November 27, 2020

How To Legally Evict Your Tenant (GUIDE)

As of 06th November 2020 There Is No Ban On Evictions Of Tenants Although Bailiffs Have Agreed On The...

Property Damage Liability (Landlord V Tenant)

If you’re a landlord, the last thing you want is a call from a tenant talking of property damage.  Even...

Evictions Without A Reason

If there is an occupier with basic protection, a landlord must get a court order before a tenant can be...

Section 21 Notices

Most private landlords can give a section 21 notice as a first step towards ending an assured shorthold...

The Eviction Process

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How To Legally Evict Your Tenant (GUIDE)

As of 06th November 2020 There Is No Ban On Evictions Of Tenants Although Bailiffs Have Agreed On The...

Property Damage Liability (Landlord V Tenant)

If you’re a landlord, the last thing you want is a call from a tenant talking of property damage.  Even...

Evictions Without A Reason

If there is an occupier with basic protection, a landlord must get a court order before a tenant can be...

Section 21 Notices

Most private landlords can give a section 21 notice as a first step towards ending an assured shorthold...

The Eviction Process

Most landlords need to apply for an eviction order from court before they can ask bailiffs to evict you....

Tenant Evictions:

UK Courts Are Remaining Open During 'November Lockdown' Meaning Tenants In Breach Of Their Agreements Can Be...

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Tenants can withhold rent from landlords for a number of reasons, from cash flow shortages or temporary unemployment, to repair and maintenance disputes. Communication is critical when confronting this issue, and it’s important to understand the tenant and the nature of the issue and try to negotiate, if possible.

Structure Payment Options
If the tenant has cash flow problems, the most effective rent-collecting method is to structure payment options. As a landlord, you should recognize that people occasionally struggle with bills, so you can try implementing a policy of accepting a partial payment from a resident once per year. Another good way to collect is to prorate the late fees and delinquent rent over the remainder of the tenant’s lease.

You can also negotiate weekly partial payments to aid with the tenant’s cash flow and even apply a portion of the security deposit to ease the strain on the tenant’s wallet. Setting a strict payment plan and following up to ensure that the tenant remains in compliance with the payment plan is your ultimate key to success. In general, the tenants best-suited for flexible payment plans are those with short-term financial problems who tend to pay whenever they have the money rather than per the terms of the lease.

Change the Living Arrangement
If a tenant can no longer afford the rent, landlords can set them up with roommates or move them to smaller, lower-cost units. Landlords who make this effort and offer options to their tenants can be rewarded with tenants for life.

However, if negotiation and communication fail to fix the problem, you can try to convince the tenant to voluntarily leave. If the tenant is unable to pay, then explaining the long-term impact of eviction on their credit and rental history can convince them to turn over possession of the unit. Leaving of their own will can be a much better option than facing legal fees and bad debt.

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While general wear and tear can be expected during any tenancy, sometimes this can become destruction of the property. Establishing boundaries early on about certain policies, including whether pets are allowed and if you’ll allow certain home improvements (like painting walls or hanging pictures) can help. Also carry out regular inspections of the property to ensure you can take action where necessary.

Damp & Mould

The dispute here is most likely to be who is at fault! There’s only two ways that damp can exist; a structural problem with the property, or excess condensation. It’s important to identify which of these it is to find out who is responsible. A structural defect can be identified by a professional. Excess condensation is caused by not opening windows to dry clothes, boil water or take a shower. Damp can be a particular problem in the winter because windows are more likely to be kept shut. You should ensure that bathrooms have a ventilation unit and that kitchens have an extractor fan to take excess moisture out of a property.

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A boiler breakdown can be very expensive so you should consider investing initially in a higher quality boiler to avoid a big repair or replacement bill. Most new boiler models are much more energy efficient and have several years warranty, which means you have some protection should things go wrong.

If your tenant does report issues with the boiler, you must make sure to fix the problem or replace the boiler as it comes under your landlord duties to maintain heating and hot water systems.

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  • Of TLA Evictions Were For Rent Arrears 58% 58%
  • Of TLA Evictions Were For Property Neglect 42% 42%
  • Of TLA Tenancies (670,000) Were Evicted (24,170) During 2020 4% 4%
  • Increase In Eviction Support Requested Through Landlord Concierge Since August 2020 88% 88%

Tenant Evictions Administrated By TLA Members Since Jan 2020

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