http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndComm ... /DG_189123x9200 wrote:I believe the whole strict procedure about eviction is regarding the eviction itself so enforced removal of the tenants property. This has not happened in this case. What we have IMO here is just a note (we can call it whatever we want) given by the LL. If this note was valid as per formal requirements the LL could have proceeded with the actual eviction (giving sufficient time and fulfilling some other requirements). If it was invalid the tenant could have just ignored this. The only case I could see here if the tenant felt threatened by the note or had reasons to believe it is was valid but as this guy has a legal background this is not the case.
I would do what beppi suggested with the exception I would not resend the cheque but include the information where it can be collected.
For anyone interested in how it works in the UK, the above page summarises it. The notice does have to be in a prescribed format, and as the website says 'For many tenancies, the notice you give must be in a particular form which includes certain information and warnings. You can obtain a standard form of notice to quit from legal stationers.'
I understand that things get far more complex if the tenant refuses to vacate and you have to go to court to get them evicted. However, this is UK law, and I think for Taxico it would be useful to get a definitive answer as to whether his notice was valid or not under SG law.
p.s. In the UK I understand eviction is done by a court appointed bailiff. As a landlord I would not touch a tenant's possessions - that's just opening a whole can of works for claims for alleged loss and damages etc...
QRM. The process of eviction in the UK is a fraught one. Six months is probably about normal (6-8 months), during which you can kiss your rent good-bye, the tenant is untouchable, and your property is likely not being respected.
The funny thing with the Brazilian I mentioned was she rented the flat via Foxtons (probably the largest estate agent in west London), and they were so gagging to get their hands on the letting commission that they did not convey to the owner any doubts about the tenant's credibility (the owner never met the tenant)!