This is a question to the blog clinic from Joanne who is a landlord.
Our tenants have been given 3 months notice and served a S21. They were supposed to move out today but are refusing, forcing us to start legal proceedings.
It is our only residence (we have been living abroad) and we are now forced to live in a caravan with our 2 children, 2 dogs and 3 cats.
My husband and myself are unable to work as we both work from home and our daughter is unable to attend school. How long would an accelerated eviction take, given our circumstances please?
It doesn’t work like that. You have to follow the proper procedure which does I am afraid take several months.
Although you are in a difficult situation, the property is your tenants’ home and they have rights – specifically the right to stay in the property until evicted by bailiffs. It would be unfair generally if tenants in rented properties had fewer rights if their landlords needed the property back quickly.
So you won’t be able to get a quicker possession order. See more about this here.
It generally takes about six to eight weeks to get a possession order using the accelerated possession order, depending on how busy the courts are – there is a real live example here.
However where your circumstances will count is if, after the possession order has been made, your tenants apply to the court asking for more time.
You will then be able to oppose their application on the basis that you need the property to live in yourself and explain your circumstances to the Judge.