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Rent arrears and rent recovery

In these difficult times for residential landlords, knowing what action you can take when a tenant stops paying you their rent has never been more important.

Moving quickly to minimise the damage is key and our Residential Property Disputes Team here at Wards Solicitors, highly experienced in this area of the law, can talk you through exactly what you need to do to get things moving in the right direction.

What can I do to recover rent arrears from a residential tenant?

There are a number of different procedures available to you and we can advise on those that best fit your individual circumstances. They include:

  • County Court claims;
  • Using the government’s Money Claims Online service;
  • Pursuing rent guarantors;
  • Drafting a Section 8 notice for rent arrears to regain possession of your property as soon as possible.

How can I re-let my property?

Unsurprisingly, most residential landlords want to re-let their properties to tenants who will pay the rent as it falls due.

In some cases, recovering rent will take second place to securing possession but it is always worth considering cost effective methods of rent recovery once possession has been secured.

Keeping you in the picture

Our Residential Property Disputes lawyers will always make you aware of all the available options, the pros and cons of each as well as the likely costs.

We also focus on what you yourself can do to improve the situation with your tenants and find amicable solutions.







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UPDATE October 2020

We have now re-opened our branches to clients but all appointments and visits must be pre-booked to comply with government guidance.

Availability for face-to- face meetings in branches will be limited and remote contact with teams – via phone, email or video call – is preferred wherever possible.  Our prime concern remains the safety of our clients and our staff.

Please note that all visitors to our offices must, by law, wear a face covering.

We cannot accept drop-in visits from clients without an appointment being made in advance. If you have documents for us, including for ID certification, please deliver them to our letterbox

How to get in touch:

  • Please email or telephone your usual lawyer or team, or
  • Please telephone the branch most convenient to you between 9am and 5:30pm, or email info@wards.uk.com at any time and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.  A list of our 11 branches is available here.

Thank you.

Wards Solicitors LLP