As a landlord, it is your responsibility to check whether someone is eligible to rent your property. Saracens Solicitors can help you to establish this when we are acting as your mortgage solicitor in London. This is the department of our office that also deals with tenancy agreements and rented accommodation.
Currently, British citizens, Swiss nationals and members of the EEA have unlimited right to rent in the UK. Anyone who does not fall under these categories may have temporary right to rent depending on their immigration status. Checking this can be a tricky process that we can help you with as your mortgage solicitor in London.
What happens if you are renting to someone who is not eligible
People’s status can change and you may receive a Notice of Letting to a Disqualified Person from the home office. This means that you can end the tenancy. Sometimes you will need a court order but, other times, the notice allows you to end it without this kind of intervention. Saracens Solicitors can help you check where you stand when we are acting as your mortgage solicitor in London.
You can either get your tenant to leave by mutual agreement or serve them with a Proscribed Notice of Eviction together with a copy of the Notice of Letting to a Disqualified Person. They then have 28 days to leave the property. Saracens Solicitors can help you put together the appropriate paperwork to ensure that all the legal bases are covered during this process.
If the tenants do not leave within the required timeframe, you can either deal with the situation yourself or request help. If you choose to, you can peacefully exclude them from the property by changing the locks while they are not there. Otherwise, you can use the Notice of Letting to a Disqualified Person to go through the process of applying to the High Court for the assistance of eviction officers.
This can be a stressful process for a landlord and we are here to help in any way that we can. Saracens Solicitors can provide advice about your rights and responsibilities, communicate with officials on your behalf, and supply sound paperwork to help the process go as smoothly as possible.