Whilst it may not be too common an occurrence in the world of renting, there are plenty of landlords who have had experience of a nightmare tenant during their time letting out properties.

Even with careful checks in place during the initial approvals the few bad apples can slip through the nets leading to a whole host of problems that a landlord will need to deal with as and when they crop up.

Of course, the last thing that you, as a landlord will want is to evict your tenant from the property. But when you have issues such as unpaid rent, damage to your property or perhaps just general un-necessary behaviour from them you may not have any other option but to evict.

Problems that can arise during the eviction process

One of the biggest problems that crops up during the eviction process is if you find that you are missing some of the vital paperwork.

It is important that you not only have a copy of your signed tenancy agreement but also that you have evidence and proof of the problems that you have experienced with the tenant; otherwise how will you show the court that these have been an issue?

It is also vital to remember that your tenant has every right to defend themselves during the court proceedings and in fact they will be advised to take legal advice at the start of the process. There can also be problems when social housing organisations are involved as there may be a shortage of social housing in the area meaning that they are keen to keep the tenant in your property rather than them needing social housing.

The eviction process

Now you are aware of the problems that may arise when evicting a tenant we can look at little further into how to go about putting the eviction notice in place.


One of the most important things to keep in mind is communication; after all if your tenant isn’t made aware of the problems that have arisen and what you expect to be changed then how can they put these changes in place?

There may be some reasons behind the issues arising and simply by discussing them with the tenant you may be able to work to a solution that fits with you both.


If there really is no choice but to evict your tenant due to the issues that you have tried to resolve then you will have no choice but to serve them with a Section 8 notice. If the tenant has not responded to this notice within 2 weeks then you should begin legal proceedings as soon as you can; especially when it can take up to 8 weeks for a court order to be issued.


Whilst we all hope that it never comes to it, knowing exactly how to best evict your problem tenant should save you a lot of stress in the long run. 

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