I wish to begin the eviction process for a problem tenant. Foolishly and naively I didn't enter the deposit into a scheme in 2012 when the tenant moved in. I was letting my was home of 20 years and was refurbishing my new home and had a baby due in 2 months and it was left in envelope to this day.
I have sought info re the process and am getting conflicting info as follows -
Refund deposit and issue section 21
Put money in scheme and issue Section 21
I know I face up to 3 times the deposit as a fine in tenants favour at the judges discretion for not following the Deposit scheme rules.
I have damage well above the deposit amount but at this stage just want to evict her as swiftly as possible without starting process over for making a paperwork mistake.
I don't think she will leave on issue of Section 21 as she has no where to go and will follow Local authority lead Re voluntary homelessness.
Any advice welcome