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Tenant stops paying

I’ve been talking recently about the concerns of many landlords over tenants who stop paying their rent. The causes are typically unemployment and the resulting financial hardship.

Up to now thankfully, I’ve avoided tenants missing their rent payments. However it appears that one of my tenants may have succumbed to the financial downturn.

Despite an attempt earlier on in the year to reduce the financial burden of their rent by reducing it from £375 to £315, this months rent failed to turn up at the beginning of October.  Not necessarily a problem in itself, but far more ominous was the fact that despite several attempts to contact them, they have failed to return my calls.  In the past they have been pretty prompt at responding.  A responsible tenant even when they get into financial difficulties will firstly have the courtesy of letting you know that they won’t be paying the rent before failing to ‘cough up the readies’.

A tenant that just goes ‘incomunicardo’ is normally planning something more serious.  Typically this is to do 'a runner' without settling up their owed rent. The last thing I want is a tenants disappearance - that will make getting back the rental property an even longer and more tedious process than it already is.

Don’t panic when a tenant stops paying rent


My first advice to landlords faced with this situation is not to panic.

Starting possession proceedings on a rental property is pretty straightforward and dealing with tenants that fail to pay their rent is just an unfortunate part of running a rental business.  Like any business, landlords sometimes have to face the situation of poor payers - accept that it is all part of being a landlord.  There is plenty of advice on the subject and if the tenant and the situation is handled correctly it shouldn’t prove to be insurmountable. Most mportantly, don't put your head in the sand and pretend it's not happening - when a tenant stops paying rent, time is money, so act promptly.

Concerns over tenant

Luckily, I’d had some concerns about this tenant before.  I don’t know what it is, but you often can. Unfortunately, I’d not met this tenant before they'd moved in as I’d used a letting agent to find him.  I’d also not obtained a tenant guarantor, which is something that in the current climate with young tenants I would now not entertain going without.

Served a Section 21 notice

Earlier this year because of my concerns in response to a bout of under payment of rent I’d issued the tenant with a Section 21 Notice at the start of April.  A section 21 notice allows a landlord to obtain non fault based possession.  This means that it is not necessary for me as the landlord to prove to the courts that any one of the 17 grounds for possession have been met, just that the Section 21 Notice has been correctly served.

Some letting experts actually advocate that landlords serve a Section 21 Notice at the outset of the tenancy as a way of opening this option for landlords irrespective of any non performance of the tenancy by the tenant.  There is no time limit for issuing a Section 21 Notice so once it has been correctly issued it stays valid. Download a free Section 21 Notice.

My next steps


Having issued the Section 21 Notice my next steps are to seek possession of the property through the courts.

It should be noted that the issuing of a Section 21 Notice does not allow me, as a landlord to reclaim any unpaid rent.  It only allows me to get possession of the property.  However, for many landlords this is the most important thing at this stage, as possession will allow me to re-let the property and start earning rent again.

There are several routes to claiming unpaid rent back.  Firstly the tenant has paid a deposit of £475 which I have protected with the governments custodial scheme the Deposit Protection Scheme.

I can therefore potentially make a claim against that for unpaid rent or damage to the property.  The other route is to apply for a money claim.

 

Keeping the liberal minded judiciary happy.


I will obviously pay lip service to the ‘liberal inclinations’ of the judges which means that they often side with the ‘poor tenants’ in cases of possession giving them the benefit of the doubt.  It’s always worth therefore sending the tenant some kindly worded letters of ‘encouragement’ to pay the rent to show demonstrate what a reasonable and understanding landlord you are.  This means that if the case goes to court the landlord reading the case will hopefully look favourably on you and your case for possession quickly.

Twin track approach


Whilst making the gentle ‘cooing’ noises that the judges like to hear I’m going to get on with the real business which it issuing the court forms seeking possession.

This in theory has been made easier by the advent of the government’s online possession service Possession Claims On Line (PCOL).

This means that the whole process including paying the fees can be conducted online.  However, this service is only available to landlords seeking possession on the grounds of non-payment of rent. 

Currently the tenant has only missed one rental payment, therefore I would not be successful in taking action against the tenant on the basis that they contravene one of the mandatory grounds for possession  - of having 3 months rent unpaid at the date of the possession hearing.  The so called fault based possession.

Claims form for possession


The next step is therefore for me to issue a claim form for possession of property (accelerated procedure) through the county court where the buy-to-let property is located.

The form required is a N5B.

Over the next few months I will keep landlords updated on the live process and the trials and tribulations of taking action against a non paying tenant, getting possession and hopefully also getting all my money back.

Do you have suggestions and thoughts about getting possession of your property?

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Comments (18)

Tenant fail payment
My cousin have a trouble with her tenant. She need an advice. She let a couple let a room in her flat after 1 month they move-in. A woman pregnant and they stop pay the rent after her son 4 months old. She said she didn't get housing benefit for a month. She did not pay the rent after her contract finished also she did not renew the contract and still live in the flat. She said she right to stay without pay. And her boyfriend has no job. Someone told me the landlord can not give them procession order because of when the tenant paid the deposit, landlord did not pay in money to the bank. They have no experience about that. They have to pay morgate, bills. They are old. The gas bill this month £834. How come? The couple does not care , they turn the heater all day and bake their food everyday. 2-3 hours a day even a small piece if pizza. Can u tell me how to solve this problem? And how much for yr advice? Can we change the lock?
#1 - Pat - 03/06/2012 - 21:38
Rent
New tenants moved in to my house last month and their first month they paid a couple of days late this was down to them no setting up their standing order which I can happliy accept now this month no rent again, so I have chased for payment to be told they have had their bank account frozen due to fraud, I have had this once before from a previous tenent who ended up doing a runner, whilst I want to reamin positive I have doubts, they have said they will pay £400 now where does this leave me claiming the rest of the rent £295?
#2 - Zoe - 04/26/2012 - 18:00
House in foreclosure with no rent being paid to landlord
What rights do I have, the tenants are not paying rent to me because of me being in foreclosure. what can I do..
#3 - Ernestine Chiesa - 07/19/2012 - 02:13
Reclaiming rent unpaid
My ex-tenants own me £1075 in upaid rent. They have 'disappeared' and have have hired a lcating company who have found the female tenant, who is jointly liable for the money. I need to make a claim in small claims court but,being new to this, have no idea how to go about it. My letting agent has emailed me a mass of confusing forms, but is 'unable' to support me with the claim, as it is 'not their money'. please could you advise me of a site where I can get guidance with making a claim against the tenants? Kind regards..Nicky
#4 - Nicky Leafe - 08/05/2012 - 09:08
Unpaid rent
Hello, I have a tenant fora fixed period of 12 months, with a proper legal contract. After paying full rent for the first 6 months, this time they paid just 2/3 of the rent, and they keep assurig me it was a silly mistke, and for the pat one we elk, they keep saying money has been transferrd , wait 2-3 days, then when I did not get money, they say wrong sort codenput in by banks. Then another itme another excuse was I went tonbank and ids transfer @ 9 amLegog when that branch does or open till 9.30. Now they have given me cheques for the arrears amount, but the cheque has no meaining according tommy bank if they have insufficient funds. When should I do _. As they have further 5 months of tenancy left according to contract.. I cannot serve notice as they ar not 2 months In Arreaars
#5 - Shilpa vaidya - 09/06/2012 - 21:48
rent not recd from 14yrs by tenant
my tenant did not paid rent from 14 yrs snd kept keys eith him so how can i take possetiom of my property ?
#6 - narayan vyas - 09/15/2012 - 14:27
final rent
Hi, I am going to leave UK, and have to pay the final rent for the last 4 days in the flat I rented. But the landlady wants me to pay one week saying that "Sorry, I can't give you a daily rate for the rent. The minimum period is a week." Is it true? Is there any rule for paying the final rent? Thank you.
#7 - M - 11/14/2012 - 18:23
The cynical landlord
Nice to see the cynicism of the landlord who writes about making gentle 'cooing' noises while seeking to evict the tenant, well from the point of view of a tenant who has a continiuing vermin problem not addressed by the landlord and an unsecure window that was not repaired propely following a burglary... why should we pay the rent fully and on time? respect is a two way street and it seems that landlords just want some other sucker to pay their mortgage while they do precisely nothing, it's a form of parasitism and this is why the law is liberal toward the tenant and favours the tenant.
#8 - N - 02/15/2013 - 15:10
Tenant suddenly stopped paying rent
A friend of mine has a tenant who paid regularly for a year upto Dec 2012. Do to financial problems; i.e. not putting rent aside for payment when due and it appears the bank standing order ceased operating; my friend. The tenant was told that providing they were seen to be attempting to pay part rent until they could catch up the total amounts the eviction notice would be reconsidered. The tenan agreed to pay two thirds rent within the following couple of weeks; no such payment; not one penny has been paid and no communication has been received as to how they are going to pay the rent and bring it upto date in the near future. Amount outstanding approximately £1,000-. There is also anothe problem; my friend decided to go through an estate agent who has since shut shop; been sent to court for using deposits instead of using a bonding agency; hence the tenant's deposit/bond is lost. My friend had nothing at all to do with the bond as the estate agent handled this completely and drew up a formal agreement of 6 months tenancy ongoing. One problem arrises; my friend does not now have any hold/deposit/bond on the property against any misdemeanors; e.g. damage to property; something that was assessed in previous tenancys when damage was done to the property and the property was not left; as per agreement; as it was found; in a spick and span state; fair wear and tear accepted.
QUESTION:
Any suggestions; bearing in mind that the tenant now owes the landlord £1,000- in rent and no bond is held now by the owner; now landlord; my friend.
#9 - Jim Young - 03/12/2013 - 15:57
Landlords with empty properties
Did you know that the Tories have given councils a free hand on charging whatever council tax they wish for properties that have been empty for over two years and unfurnished; Landlords in some cases have these properties and for whatever reasons they have not been let; for example, repairs, reluctance to have another nightmare tenant in the property; take heed all owners of these empty properties; Councils were given the option of charging nothing in Council tax; half tax, full tax and in some cases councils are charging 150% council tax on empty properties; why, because the government have cut back on funding local authorities so much that councils have been left with no other option but to pick up the losses of government funding by charging increased council taxes on empty properties. This shows us just how out of touch those in power really are; imagine a landlord who needs that money they are to pay in increased taxes for repairs; renovations; what a great way to bankrupt the ordinary person who may have worked for years to own a property to rent for that little extra income for what is usually a great deal of hassle with tenants. Browh did the same in NDR business rates; why do you think there are thousands business premises raized to the ground in the UK; that was the only way to avoid paying full council tax. Many family businesses due to the last recession in 1990s had to use bulldoze their hard earn premises to the ground; had to sell off their plant and machinery and use their pensions and savings to pay Brown's NDR. It simply stunk to high heaven as the New labour party; a party of revolutionaries who now are the major cause of the so called Austerit; recession we are all now enduring; and as usual they are totally unaccountable; is it no wonder that skills have been lost, jobs are scarce, tenants are out of work and not paying rents; it is without a doubt a political mess; however, there is one ray of sunshine and hope for us all; those as uaual in power continue to enjoy their £64,000 p.a salary and taxpayer funded expense accounts and whatever else as they tell us all; wait for it; yes you've got it...."WE ARE ALL IN I TOGETHER", yes we are and it is a four letter word usually found in farmyards with plenty of cattle.
#10 - Jim - 03/13/2013 - 12:19
The cynical landlord
I think that if people are not happy . Give the landlord his notice and FIND SOMEWHERE ELSE . In my experience tenants will find any excuse not to pay . Maybe its why most of them will always rent . The council dont want to know them and the banks stay well away !
#11 - Tina - 05/11/2013 - 14:00
Is the eviction process and timing affected if my tennant has signed a 2 year let with no break clause?
I have an offer to let my flat, because the tennant knows and likes the building and cannot move in for 6 weeks, they are willing to sign a 2 yr contract with no break. A rival estate agent is trying to tell me that there is more risk in a 2 yr contract to me in the event that the tennant stopped paying rent. Im guessing this is just estate agent talk because he didnt find the tennants. Any truth to this??
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#13 - vtqcngeaiu - 10/26/2013 - 14:31
evicting tenant
We made the big mistake of giveing our tenant a 5 year teancey with hindsight wished we had not done this the tenent was in recipet of houseing benefit so 85% of the rent was paid by council all was well for the first two months rent top up paid on time then the tenant stoped paying there portion over the next few months we sent letters still nothing at the year point we served notice the council became involved then and said we could not serve the notice so we withdrew it and went to our lawer who drew up a letter telling the tenant they had 14 days to pay of the arrers or court action was being taken they paid up and the next month paid on time they started to fall behind again more letters and phone call followed.
my health took a nose dive so we put the property with an estate agent/
over the next 4 months the arrers and monthly payments were made then the payments stoped again a year later a section 21 notice was served.
since then then tantent has broken grounds in their tenancy agremment.
and are no longer reciveing council benefit and have paid no rent for the past two months as well as the arreres they now owe.
a section 8 notice is now being served but it looks like we will have to pay to go to court to get the house back and then the money owed on top of this we will have to repair the damage they have done to the property.
we did not rent out our house so we could sit back and have some one else pay the mortage my husband is armed forces and due to posting rather then leave the house empty we decide to rent the house out but we too now feel like a lot of other landlords takeing on social tenants is a bad idea but our view is it's ones like this that make it bad for the good ones we will not make that mistake again.
If we rent again it will only be on six month terms
If we had put the house with the estate agent from the off we would not have gone through 3 years of upsets
#14 - Rose - 11/07/2013 - 16:43
Legal eviction
You must follow strict procedures if you want your tenant to leave your property, depending on the type of tenancy agreement your tenants have and the terms of it. You may be guilty of illegally evicting or harassing your tenants if you don’t follow the correct procedures.Most private rented tenants are assured shorthold tenants. Often, they can be easily evicted with just two month's notice using a 'Section 21 notice', but landlords must follow certain rules and procedures. I am a landlord and thanks God I've never had such problems with tenants, just always find them at websites like this one http://london.localmartuk.com/flats-and-houses-for-rent/ But my friend used this Section 21 to evict people from their property
#15 - EDWARD - 11/08/2013 - 12:53
Tenant problems again
I've an Eastern European tenant. 10 months ago he decided not to pay the rent. Finally after ensuring he was still about and in work I managed to contact him to find out why he had not paid rent. His reply; he had too many bills to pay; so I told him to talk to me and if I could help him I would by allowing him to pay the rent over a longer period; he agreed. All went well for a few months then he decided to pay only small rent sums and just before he was to begin paying the usual regular rent and promising me again he would pay himself upto date; he had to pay for his marital affairs back in Eastern Europe; rent was not his priority although as a Landlord I had leaned over backwards to help him. He has no Bond; the agency I used is now out of business; the proprietor was set before the court for spending tenants Bonds; only to be let off with a condtional discharge. I contacted all of the Bond agencies and was told; Data Protection; only the Tenenat has the right to investigate his Bond, so if he will not, then I am stumped because he refuses to chase his Bond and possibly again set the Estate agent before the courts for misappropriation of funds. He has made no attempt; after I did many checks and supplied him with all the details to retrieve his Bond; he has not supplied me with his agreed Contents insurance and he is again paying small sums; I believe just to keep me happy; in other words, being too soft as a landlord has resulted in the Tenant taking the Landord for a ride. I am an authorised Bond holder and told hin that once he has acquired his bond, then it must be paid to me; i in turn will ensure it is held in the authorised Bond holder's account required by law. As a Landlord I ensure that the property is buildings insured and Gas Certificate is upto date; the Tenant on the other hand cares not one jot it seems; so much for those nasty Landlords; as one Solicitor told me years ago; "you are too nice to be a Landlord". treating people as you would like to be treated yourself; the world is not like that as we know and the lax; an ass; usually is not on the landlords side so what do i do next that is no going to costy me hundreds of pounds to giv him notic to get out.
#16 - Jim Young - 11/15/2013 - 09:33
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#17 - aypkxecefa - 11/23/2013 - 21:10
Unpaid rent by tenant
I made one year contract through an estate agent with the tenants that I have in my house in November.they paid 2months rent and since jan. I started having problems with them ,paying 1/2 of the rent in jan and only 1/8 of it in fab,now middle of March nothing more is paid . She keeps bringing excuses and saying come back end of the week get your money(although she is supposed to pay into my bank account).she asked me to find her a job,asked me to take her here and there to sell some furniture,I did everything for her.her husband works and is very well paid,they are not on benefit but just do not pay me,telling me to wait we want to sell some of our stuffs and will pay you but we do not know when! So I had given them the notice 21 ,and later on notice8, for the possession of the house ,also if I want to go to court taking those notices,court charges me some money for possession order.
Now I want to know how I can get all these unpaid rents from her,once she promised to pay weekly to cover up her debt but she broke her promise and is not paying!
Do I have to give her any other notices? What should I do to get unpaid rents altogether at once or atleast weekly from her?
#18 - Noosh - 03/04/2014 - 14:53
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Better The Devil You Know?   I've recently advertised my rental property follo...
I was contacted this week by a fraught landlord who was the subject to a negligence claim from their t...
The buy-to-let mortgage market has gone from bust to boom again over the last few years.  With le...
This is a regular discussion point amongst many landlords.  Those that have been dissatisfied wit...
It's a landlords’ dread!   A nice respectable looking tenant, with a good...
Rebecca Brough of Fidler and Pepper Solicitors asks whether landlords need a tenant guarantor, and exp...
The thing with managing a portfolio of buy-to-let property is that for much of the time you don't have...
Brings Threats and Opportunities Many landlords are adopting a wait and see approach to the G...
Severe rental arrears fell by almost 16 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2012 according to data from ...
Should a landlord let their tenants smoke? Landlords are acutely aware of the bad smells and ...
New Year celebrations are well and truly over, so it’s back to work, and for many landlords, sma...
I was thinking today, what would be the top 5 things I would wish for next year as a landlord.  S...
You may think that as a landlord you are not liable for your tenants’ water bill. Well up until ...
I can't begin to explain how fraught the last few weeks have been.  Most part time landlords will...
The buy-to-let mortgage market has been in the doldrums for several years after the ‘crash&rsquo...
Rebecca Brough of Fidler and Pepper explores the world of fees and charges in respect to a landlords ...
Don’t forget your section 213 notice! Property Hawk has been urging landlord not to forget about...
You are just about to let your buy-to-let.  So what are the essential bits of paper work that you...
Is there such as thing as the ‘fair wear and tear’ of your buy-to-let property? ...
Landlords looking to obtain possession have two basic choices when trying to get their buy-to-let prop...
So it all goes wrong!  The tenant moves out (disappears) and owes you months of rent.  They ...
We recently had a enquiry on the Landlord Forum asking whether it was a good idea to serve a section 2...
Landlords seeking possession frequently have to decide between the merits of using a Section 21 notice...
Renewing a tenancy is one of the most straightforward aspects of managing a tenancy.  But many la...
Getting possession of a rental property when your tenant falls into rent arrears Th...
I read recently on a landlord forum a suggestion from one disgruntled tenant that landlords should be ...
My latest round of tenant gripes has hit me after a relatively quiet period. I suppose it was...
After launching the new version of the property management software we felt the actual site pages look...
Rental yields have always been a critical metric when evaluating a buy-to-let investment and they are...
Any landlord who follows London politics will not have escaped the fact that the private rented sector...
I was chatting this week to my joiner Steve. He was having a nightmare! Steve had done most o...
The Co-op announced last week that it was stepping up lending into the buy-to-let mortgage market by a...
Legislation should be in place by the end of the year to allow landlords to benefit from the Green Dea...
It's January which means only one thing for most landlords, yes it’s time to get to grips with t...
As the year comes to an end many landlords will be drawing up their plans for 2012. With the ...
I was contacted several weeks ago by one of our longstanding users. Kevin wrote to highlight ...
I'm like the majority of small landlords in that I have opted to use the Deposit Protection Scheme (DP...
Europe is at it again! Not content with their crazy project “Euro”  putting ...
You might be aware that I’ve had a number of new tenants recently. This has i...
It’s a great time to be a landlord. Many of us including me are making record rental pr...
I was contacted last week by a landlord looking to gain access to their bu...
I’ve written before about landlords not needing to use a letting agent. We al...
It's been a while since I've had a new tenant move in. The new tenant seems amiable enough. A middle a...
My landlord insurance fell due at the beginning of this month. DAMMM! Yet again the dilemma. ...
It is possible to get a company to fill out your N5B.  This will cost anything upwards of £...
Most landlords use an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement to let their property. So how long ...
I've been looking at some recent enquiries from landlords who use our Property Management software to ...
Most landlords who let a property that is tenanted will not be liable for council tax.  This is b...