I’m looking for some advice please. My wife and I own one buy to let property so we’re not professional landlords. We have to sell it as soon as we can as we can’t afford to keep the property anymore after constant maintenance lists from the tenant. The letting agency have said she’s one of the worst tenants they’ve ever known due to the number of emails they receive. She was also in daily contact with the council, we always resolved any issues as quickly as we could and didn’t receive any notices.
She now won’t leave after a four-month S21 notice which was up last week. I think she’s trying to get re-housed by the council even though she’s paid £1,600 a month for 5 years. She has paid every month but it’s always been late. I’m shocked at how many rights the tenant has. I’ve tried to be a decent landlord, I accepted her without a rent guarantor and I regrettably now haven’t put the rent up in 5 years.
If somebody has experience with this situation, how does it work now? Surely she can’t just stay for free now for the 6 months plus it will take to go to court and I have to fix any maintenance issues throughout! There’s apparently a big backlog at the court due to Covid. The letting agency said they can’t legally ask/ chase for rent as this means if they do I am agreeing to her staying.
I am going to use Landlord Action to serve the eviction order. Any advice would be massively appreciated. The sleepless nights have already started, it’s going to be a very stressful and expensive period covering the mortgage payments.