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Persistently Late Rental Payments

Landlords are by law entitled to receive the rent on time, up to midnight on the day it is due. Many tenants fail to accept the importance of paying their rent on time, either because they prioritise other bills, or because they are renting from a private landlord they perhaps don’t think there is any recourse for the landlord if the rent is late.

Tenants who are persistently late paying the rent are a great nuisance to the landlord, not only do they have the stress and inconvenience of trying to find out what the problem is ‘this time’ but they might also be financially inconvenienced if the rental payment pays towards the mortgage.  

Sadly we are noticing some tenants (certainly the minority) are not treating the rent as a priority bill, by either late payments, partial payments, and generally being messed about every month.

Evicting a tenant for being persistently late paying the rent

Although an eviction may seem like drastic action, in our experience, persistently late rent payers rarely improve with time, in fact quite the contrary, the situation typically worsens to that where no rent is received, or the tenant absconds leaving debts.

Being a landlord is not a charity and despite popular opinion we know that most landlords are rarely in a position to provide free housing! In fact, over 90% of the landlords we deal with have a mortgage on the property, and persistent late rent payers can not only cause stress and worry, but they can also cause problems with cash flow if:-

• You have to subsidise the rent each month with other income
• You mortgage company apply late payment charges
• You are unable to cover the mortgage if rental income is not received

Replacing your late payer with a good reliable tenant

It is unnecessary to put up with late paying tenants when there are so many good tenants looking for private rental accommodation. Be sure to reference your new tenants with a full tenant reference which includes employment and landlord references (Legal 4 Landlords provide an excellent tenant referencing service).

Late paying tenants rarely change unforntulately, and if you have these tenants the option is either to try and keep on top of the late payments, or replace them quickly in order to avoid as much void rental period as possible.

Evictions SouthEast can prepare and manage an eviction case against the tenants on your behalf to remove them quickly, so you can replace them with new reliable tenants.

Our process for evicting tenants who are repeated late paying the rent

We have specially trained advisors who can take care of the issue for you. We can deal with the process properly and efficiently; however tempting it is to contact the tenant repeatedly until you get paid, try to avoid doing this because you could be fined.

Instead, give us a call and we can talk to you about your situation, provide information on how long before the landlord can evict the tenant, and deal with it appropriately.

What the law says about late rental payments

Under the Residential Tenancies Act, landlords have the right to evict tenants who do not pay the rent. Under this, landlords are entitled to be paid the full amount of rent on the day that it is due, by midnight of that day.

Of course, you are unlikely to react strongly the first time your tenant pays the rent late; it could be for all manner of genuine reasons and it is worth finding out why the rent has been paid late. Perhaps their wages have been delayed getting into the bank, they have been hit with an unexpected and large bill, or they have had a change in circumstances.

However, if the problem continues then you would need to address it. If the tenant repeatedly fails to pay the rent on time, as a landlord, you are within your rights to look to evict the tenant, or ask them to move out until the arrears has been cleared. Eviction is often granted where tenants owe 8 weeks, or 2 months, rent. The other option for the landlord is to enforce the repayment of the debt, but let the tenant stay in the property.

Pre Court Action Letter - from 25 (+VAT)

A cost effective option to start would be a Pre-Court Action Letter - An official document warning of the tenancy breaches and can sometimes nip problems in the bud without having to take legal action.


Eviction Step 1 (Serve Tenant Notice) - from £99 (+VAT)

This is when most tenants realise how serious you are, and the legal process has started. This may be the jolt they need to pay their arrears.


Eviction Step 2 (Court Proceedings & Hearing) - from £499 (+VAT)

To evict a problem tenant, we start the legal proceedings, after working with you to obtain the necessary documentation.  A court date is arranged, along with the legal papers and they then go before the judge to obtain a possession order for regaining the property. This fee also includes a Court Issue Fee.  Our 48 hour court hearing date Platinum Service is available at additional cost.


Eviction Step 3 (Bailiff instructions) - from 185 (+VAT)

Very few nuisance tenants will remain in a property after a Possession Order has been granted. If the tenant does remain then we will arrange for the court bailiffs to remove your tenant.




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Success stories

"Throughout the process they [Evictions South East] were very knowledgeable and provided us with regular updates of the case status. Having a legal representative at the court gave us additional piece of mind and we went into the hearing expecting a positive outcome - they delivered on this as well!"
Simon Robinson, Belvoir!

"Many thanks to Evictions SouthEast without whose help I would have struggled to cope. Trying to evict a problem tenant is fraught with difficulty and distress. Yet, Evictions SouthEast were very supportive every step of the way. "
Keith, Private Landlord

"Firstly, thank you for all your help, the service Evictions SouthEast supplied was very efficient... no problem at the court, and a positive outcome. I have to add that all this was done while I was living 1,000s of miles away in Australia!"
Tony Gostelow, Private Landlord

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