Property guardians have rights too: four-weeks notice and due process

We’ve not had much time to update this site but we thought we would cross-post this very useful blog from London’s Tower Hamlets Renters, a housing action group, about notice periods and evictions for property guardians.

– Property guardians (like tenants) cannot legally be given a notice period of less than 4 weeks
– Property guardians (like tenants) cannot be forcibly removed from a property without a possession order granted in a court of law.

Please get in touch if you have successfully challenged notice periods/ evictions as a guardian.

Tower Hamlets Renters

southwark eviction cropFor years property guardian companies told their tenants they were only entitled to two week’s notice if the owner requested their property back.

They have also been known to evict tenants within a week for breaking the terms of their agreement, for example, by having a party.

They believed getting tenants to sign temporary licenses – instead of tenancies – made the terms legitimate.

BUT CONTRACTS DON’T SUPERSEDE THE LAW – in particular the Prevention from Eviction Act 1977

The law protects any “residential occupier”, who has the right to live in a property whether by license, tenancy or other contract.

It states that an eviction notice is not valid unless it is in writing and is given at least four weeks in advance of the proposed eviction date. This is true whether the property guardian company wants to return the building to its owner or if you have had…

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