Landlord and tenant disputes are on the increase because of the number of people buying residential property for investment purposes, commonly known as “buy to let”. For many the experience of being a Landlord is a new one. The most common problem is that the tenant suddenly stops paying rent, often putting the Landlord with a buy to let mortgage under severe financial pressure. Your remedy starts by talking to the tenant. There may be a genuine reason for non-payment of rent (e.g. the tenant may have unexpectedly lost their job). You might be able to find a solution. Most good tenants do not become bad tenants overnight.
The only way to evict a tenant is by obtaining a court order and this process will always take at least few months during which time the amount of unpaid rent will only increase. We can advise you on the steps you must take including drafting appropriate notices to serve on your tenant and deal with the court proceedings for you. Most tenants know that they can remain in the property until a court order is obtained. If you do nothing the arrears of rent will increase and your chances of recovering any of the unpaid rent will decrease.
Any dispute can be stressful and we are here to provide you with our in-depth knowledge and extensive experience. Taking a dispute to court can be very expensive and our team will proactively seek to resolve your dispute quickly and in a cost-effective manner appropriate to your needs. If court proceedings are necessary we can represent you and guide you through the court process.