2. How much will getting possession of my property cost?
For Section 21:
If the tenant moves out by the time the notice expires, then the only cost to the landlord would have been the time spent filling out and serving the notice, as forms can be downloaded from us for free here.
If the tenant does not move out and you need to take the case to court, it will cost you a court fee (currently £175) and some extra time filling out the required court documents.
For Section 8:
If the landlord serves a Section 8 notice and the tenant subsequently repays the rent, then the only cost would be time and effort serving the notice (and postage), as Section 8 notices are available to download from us for free here. The notice will also then be invalid, as the tenant will no longer be in rent arrears.
If the tenant still refuses to pay and move out, it will cost, currently, £175 to take the case to court. If there is a defence against the landlord’s claim and/or a counterclaim, the case will require more hours of work. Using a solicitor in these circumstances can cost thousands of pounds. Some of these costs may be recoverable from the tenant should the landlord be successful.
Our Possession Pack will take you through the possession procedure, providing all the forms and documentation required. Click here to find out more.