The eviction process
To lawfully obtain possession of residential property where the tenant has not voluntarily vacated (or surrendered possession), you will require a Court order granting you possession. If the tenant does not vacate the property on the date provided in that Court order, you will need to instruct a bailiff to attend the property to lawfully evict the tenant.
Ban on letting agents’ tenant fees
As was widely-reported and subsequently consulted upon by the Department for Communities and Local Government earlier in the year, the Government’s announcement in its 2016 Autumn Statement that letting agents’ fees would be banned is coming to fruition. 1 November 2017 saw the draft Tenant Fees Bill introduced to Parliament.
Selective Licensing of Private Landlords by Local Authorities
Local authorities in England and Wales are able to designate specified areas within their jurisdiction for selective licensing schemes. Landlords need to be aware of and understand their obligations in respect of selective licensing, as if the requirements are not complied with there can be significant consequences.