Surrendering a Tenancy Agreement by Mutual Consent

End a tenancy agreement early using implied or express surrender of tenancy

There are two main ways to end a tenancy. The landlord or the tenant can serve notice, ending the tenancy according to the rules laid out in the contract. Alternatively, both the landlord and the tenant can agree to end the tenancy by mutual agreement.

In the first situation, the rules of the contract must be followed closely because only one party wants to end the tenancy, and the rules of the tenancy agreement are there to ensure this happens fairly and smoothly.

In the second, because both parties are happy to proceed according to new, agreed terms, the tenancy-ending mechanisms in the contract (e.g. how much notice to give) don’t have to be followed. This is called a surrender of tenancy.

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How to Get a Warrant of Possession When Evicting Rental Tenants

How to Evict a Tenant: Step Three: Warrant of Possession

This guide is the last of the three-step process to evicting a tenant. To get to this point, a landlord must have:

  1. served notice and waited for it to expire
  2. applied to court for a possession order and then waited until that has expired

This article explains what happens when the Possession Order expires (i.e. at the end of stage 2, and into the final stage). Continue reading “How to Get a Warrant of Possession When Evicting Rental Tenants”

How to Gain Possession and Evict a Tenant for Rent Arrears

How much rent arrears before a landlord can evict a tenant using a section 8 eviction notice?

How to Evict a Tenant: Step Two: Gain a Possession Order

This is a guide on how landlords can evict tenants who routinely fail to pay the rent or have run up large rent arrears. This is a very serious thing to do, but it’s also a clear and well-trodden process.

Lots of people want you to think that evicting a tenant is very complicated, so they can charge you money to do it for you. Continue reading “How to Gain Possession and Evict a Tenant for Rent Arrears”

Deposit Protection Schemes: a Guide to Custodial & Insured Security Deposits

How security deposits work and how to protect a tenancy deposit legally

Two Kinds of Deposit Protection Scheme

There are two kinds of scheme that landlords can use to register a rental security deposit: custodial and insured.

The main difference between them is simple. Under a custodial scheme, the money is held by the scheme provider; under an insured scheme, the landlord can keep the money in their own bank account during the tenancy.

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The Difference Between Holding Deposits, Security Deposits and Agency Fees

Confused about rental fees? There’s holding fees, security deposits, a month’s rent up front, admin fees… and that’s all before you’ve even managed get your hands on the keys!

For tenants, it can feel like all parties are trying their best to extract a share of your hard-earned cash.

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