Secure Property Access After Tenant Leaves: Legal Steps
We applied to the Court for possession under the Standard Procedure (for possession and rent arrears) as the tenants failed to vacate after the expiry of the no-reason Notice.
We attended a Court hearing where we discovered we had not completed the claim from N119 correctly. Rather than starting over, the Judge verbally agreed to our request to amend the claim form at para 4(c) to add a claim for a mandatory order for possession.
We now have to serve witness statements and a request to amend the claim to the Court and the tenants (defendants).
In the meantime, our tenants have vacated the property, so my question is, can we enter the property, change the locks, and take possession, or do we legally have to wait for the Court Order to be issued?
Subscribers get full access to exclusive content, including forms, articles and discounts, plus our time saving Tenancy Builder tool.
Signup for our free weekly digest and get the latest news and guidance straight to your inbox (some content requires a paid subscription).
View Related Handbook Page
Under the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016, how possession is sought changes for occupation contracts. There is a "no reason" section 173 notice (comparable to section 21) upon giving six months' notice