This procedure is used where the landlord has served a valid Notice Requiring Possession and is seeking possession only – it is not for where the landlord is seeking possession and a money judgement for any rent arrears (if this is the case, the Standard procedure should be used).
This procedure involves submitting a claim form, the tenancy agreement, notice and proof of service of the notice. If there is no tenancy agreement, the Standard procedure can still be used. The court will send a copy of the papers to the tenant. The tenant has an opportunity to defend the claim (albeit on limited grounds) or ask for extra time to leave. Usually, the court will make an order for possession to take effect after 28 days or 56 where the tenant has asked for more time and the judge is satisfied that the tenant will experience exceptional hardship.
Once the date for possession on the court order has passed, if the tenant has not left, we will instruct bailiffs to attend the property to physically evict the tenant. We can advise you on whether using the high court bailiffs rather than the county court bailiffs would be quicker and/or more appropriate in your case. Use of the high court bailiffs for tenant evictions is not as straight forward or quick as TV shows would have landlords believe.