If a tenant has stopped paying their rent, the first thing you should do is speak with them. By establishing why rent is late or unpaid you will have a better understanding of what to do next. For example, if your tenant has lost their job but has applied for Universal Credit or has another job starting shortly, you may feel it’s best to wait. However, if they are not answering your calls or responding to letters or emails you may wish to seek legal advice.
Whatever your circumstances it’s important you keep a record of rent payments and any agreements or conversations. If you speak with your tenant always following this up with an email confirming what was said. Keep copies of any letters and emails. You could also contact their guarantor if they have one.
Possession proceedings are every landlord’s worst nightmare.
Your property has been let and you have received the first few rent payments. Everything seems to be going fine until suddenly, without notice, the payments stop. The tenants stop returning your calls and won’t respond to your letters.
This can be made worse by mortgage repayments still being due and your letting agent not working fast enough to resolve this matter.
The key objective for a landlord is to recover back possession of their property as quickly as possible and to minimise the rent lost. Attwells can help you achieve this. We will work quickly to resolve the matter. We offer fixed fees for possession proceedings too; this enables you to keep in control of your costs.