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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The tenant referencing process in the UK rental market is often seen as a big hurdle to get over before you’re allowed to rent a property. Most people have no idea what happens when they are being referenced or how the result (‘pass’ or ‘fail’) is reached. Continue reading “How Do Tenant Referencing and Credit Checks Work?”
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:
- served notice and waited for it to expire
- 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 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”
How to Evict a Tenant: Step One: Serve Notice
Here we’ll tell you exactly how to serve valid notice on a tenant using Section 21 and Section 8 notices.
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Even tenants who seem totally reliable on paper can become unable to pay the rent. When this happens, Rent Guarantee Insurance becomes incredibly important. Continue reading “What Is Rent Guarantee Insurance & Why Do Landlords Love it?”
On 1 December, Scottish landlords will no longer be able to sign a new Short Assured Tenancy. Instead, they will have to sign a new type of agreement to create a tenancy: the Private Residential Tenancy. Continue reading “Private Residential Tenancy: Scotland’s Strict New Grounds for Eviction”
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.
Continue reading “Deposit Protection Schemes: a Guide to Custodial & Insured Security Deposits”
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.
Continue reading “The Difference Between Holding Deposits, Security Deposits and Agency Fees”
Many DIY landlords fear that they have forgotten to do something important. So we’ve made a checklist of legal landlord responsibilities you must perform when letting a property. The checklist ensures that you can easily check whether you are fully compliant with the law.
Tick off everything on this new landlord starter checklist, and relax – you’ll have done everything you need to do when setting up a new tenancy! Continue reading “Checklist: Landlord Responsibilities When Renting Out Property”