Bailiff eviction - how could TT derail the process?
Possession - Section 8 and Section 21

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1 month ago

We received a possession order in January with notice for tenant to leave in February.  The tenants didn't leave and we are still waiting for a bailiff eviction date (London....).  Our request for transfer to High Court to use HCEO was turned down so we just need to play the waiting game (Sec 21 issued in September 2023).  

The tenant has been difficult all the way through and has tried every trick in the book to prevent the eviction, including trying (repeatedly and unsuccessfully) to get the council to issue an enforcement notice for works that he had prevented access for and lying on the Sec 21 defence form about not receiving Gas Safety certificates and prescribed information.  The latter prompted a live court date where we had to show the paperwork in person while he continued to lie barefaced to the judge (who thankfully saw through it all and issued the Possession Order. 

Given our challenges, I'm keen that we prepare ourselves for the next phase.  So my question is, what tricks could a tenant employee to prevent a successful county court bailiff eviction?  Eg leaving his child at home alone on the eviction date, claiming illness  etc  

All experiences and any advice would be greatly appreciated!  In 15 years of being landlords, we have never had such an awful tenancy and have never had to evict before.

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