Giving tenants notice - help please
Possession - Section 8 and Section 21

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9 years ago

I'm sure this has been asked before but I'm a first time landlord and want to make sure I well and truly get this right!

Can someone please go through with me in laymans terms what I need to do to give my tenants notice.

I've got 3 professional guys (unrelated) who moved into my former home on 18th May 2013 on a 12 month fixed term contract. When that ended we agreed to let it go into a SPT.

I now want them to move out. The house is on the market for sale at the moment so they know I want them to move out but a change of circumstances means I'm not going to sell it but move back into it myself.

I've received a reference request for 1 of them and have completed it and sent it back so I guess he's planning to move out.

I understand that I need to serve them notice and it needs to be 2 full months of tenancy periods so as long as I serve the notice within the next couple of days I should be able to regain possession on 17th October.

I've read somewhere that if you serve a section 21(1)(b) then you need to give 2 calendar months notice but it's going to be pretty much the same date given that today is the 10th.

I've been confused up to now from different forums but really need to get into the house ASAP as I'm going to be staying in a Travelodge from the beginning of September as my daughter will need to start college in the area then.

Which forms do I need to serve them?
Is it better to enclose a letter as well with the notice, a more friendly one?
I've tended to mainly deal with 1 of the guys so should I send him an email and, if so would it be better to wait until I know they will have received the notice?
Shall I send the notice recorded delivery or send 2 copies from different Post Offices and obtain proof of posting but not send by recorded delivery as they might reject it.
An alternative to sending them the notice directly could be for me to send it to one of my neighbours with a letter to the tenants to ask them to sign to say it's been received?

I've also read that I could contact them, but informally, and ask if they're prepared to leave earlier so I can move in sooner - if so, is an email OK?
I've seen it suggested somewhere that I could offer to pay them to leave earlier - is this an OK idea? I'm think with this one that it might be worth it as I'll be paying to live in a Travelodge anyway. If this is an option, any idea how much I should offer roughly?

I think that covers everything, I'm sorry this is such an essay but I'm getting myself really confused and want to do this properly!

Thank you!

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