Solicitors Based In Chester Offering Legal Services throughout England and Wales
Solicitors Based In Chester Offering Legal Services throughout England and Wales

Chester Solicitors for Advising on Evicting Tenants

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When evicting tenants, it is vital that landlords follow the correct procedures to ensure they stay on the right side of the law. If a landlord fails to evict a tenant in a legal manner, they may be unable to recover possession of their property and can even face criminal proceedings.

If you are a landlord and would like advice on how to evict a tenant or have unlawfully evicted a tenant, our expert team of solicitors is here to help. We will provide you with advice on your next steps, helping you throughout the process.

To speak to a specialist at PDA Law, simply call us on 01244 757308. Alternatively, complete our online contact form and we will get back to you.

Reasons for Evicting a Tenant

A landlord does not hold the power to evict a tenant under their discretion and must provide a valid reason for eviction. Reasons for legally evicting a tenant include:

  • The tenant hasn’t paid the rent
  • The tenant is engaging in anti-social behaviour
  • The tenant has damaged the property
  • You have a break clause in the tenancy agreement
  • The tenant has breached the tenancy agreement

For tailored advice on whether you are permitted to evict your tenant, contact our team today.


How to evict a tenant

In order to legally evict a tenant, you must adhere to the following procedure:

  • Provide the tenant with a written notice, typically referred to as a ‘Section 21’, giving them two months to leave
  • Take your tenant to court and obtain a leaving order
  • Apply to the courts for a bailiff to evict the tenant

At no point is a landlord allowed to physically evict a tenant. This must only be carried out by a court-ordered bailiff.

Consequences of wrongful eviction

Although it can be frustrating to evict a tenant, landlords must not use any of the following tactics to remove the tenant from the property:

  • Changing the locks
  • Harassing the tenant
  • Giving no notice
  • Physically removing the tenant or their belongings from the property

If you attempt or are successful in evicting a tenant under illegal circumstances, you may be unable to retain possession or your property and may face criminal proceedings.

Contact us today

If you are seeking advice on how to evict a tenant or want help after a wrongful eviction, call PDA Law today. We will deal with your case in a professional manner, ensuring you are informed throughout your case.

To speak to a member of our team, simply call 01244 757308 or fill out our online contact form and we will get back to you at a time convenient for you.


Our Team of Lawyers in Chester

Paul D’Ambrogio

Paul D’Ambrogio

Director and Commercial Property & Conveyancing Specialist
Jane Clutton

Jane Clutton

Landlord & Tenant/Housing Disrepair/Tenancy/Tenant Deposit Solicitor

For legal services you can trust, please call us or visit us in our Chester office


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Quick & Responsive

Honestly I would recommend PDA for any agency/landlord deposit dispute. Jane was such a dream to work with and she got me a good compensation. She was quick and responsive throughout the whole process as well as transparent. She kept me in the loop with all correspondence with the agency/landlord. She also knows her stuff. Would recommend PDA law.

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