A tenant is resisting eviction

26 03 2010

Q

This is a situation every landlord dreads. Our tenant has recently recovered possession of his property through the courts. He was granted possession on the 3rd December. He checked the property a few days later. All seemed ok, but on coming back the following week the door had been jammed and he could not get in.

The landlord has not had any contact with the tenants, who were living in the house up until the eviction notice, whilst not paying rent.

A

There are two options here, it seems that the tenants are still using the property and are in fact resisting eviction. If this is the case then you can request that bailiffs come to evict the tenant using a court ordered N325 form. The landlord should contact the court about arranging this.

However, it is also possible that the tenants have left, but have jammed the door and slipped out through the back in order to cause further inconvenience to the landlord. It is worth checking the property thoroughly to see whether there is any route in which would save any further damage to the property.

This is never a good situation to be in, bu if this does ever happen to you, it is important to remember to take any disputes to the courts rather than risk a confrontation, which could be dangerous and cause also cause further legal issues.

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