Eviction notices and bailiffs
You can ask the court for a ‘warrant for possession’ if your tenants do not leave your property by the date given in an order for possession. It costs £121.
When the court issues a warrant, a bailiff is able to evict your tenants if they do not leave by this date.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and possession orders
At the moment:
- possession hearings are not going to court
- possession orders will not be enforced
This is because of coronavirus.
There is more information in the coronavirus and renting guidance for tenants and landlords.
If you apply for a warrant for possession, your application will not be considered until after the suspension ends.
If you transfer the warrant to the High Court
You can get a ‘writ of possession’ if you transfer the warrant from the county court to the High Court. This means a High Court enforcement officer can evict your tenants. You might get a faster eviction this way.
Before you transfer, you’ll need to apply for permission from the county court if you do not already have it. It costs £66.
Your tenants can ask a judge to ‘suspend’ the warrant for possession at a new hearing. The judge could delay the eviction or let your tenants stay in your property if they can make payments again.
If your tenants’ circumstances change, they can ask a judge at a new hearing to change what they pay.
You’ll need to get legal advice.