Possession Proceedings

Possession proceedings are every landlord’s worst nightmare. Their property has been let and you have received the first few rent payments. Everything seems to be going fine until suddenly, without notice, the payments stop. The tenants stop returning your calls and won’t respond to your letters.

Despite background checks, references, and payment on account, the tenants have failed to honour the terms of the tenancy agreement. At the same time, the landlord is worrying about how they will make mortgage payments and recover the mounting rent arrears. However, the wheels of justice can turn slowly and, to make matters worse, if the correct procedure is not followed to the letter, the Court may adjourn the claim, causing further delay or worse, the claim might be struck out which would mean having to start the process all over again.

The key objective for a landlord is to recover back possession as quickly as possible and minimise the rental void.

Attwells are a law firm with a nationwide reach and regularly act for landlords based in and outside of the UK. We pride ourselves on being able to respond quickly to new instructions and developing scenarios. Where possible we offer a fixed fee for the possession procedure.

Serving Notice

We will serve the appropriate Section 21 and / or Section 8 notice for a fee of £175 + vat per notice.

Application to Court

We will prepare and  issue your court claim. The fees are as follows:


Attwells Fee 

Court Fee

Section 8 claim

£525 + VAT


Section 21 claim

£525 + VAT


Accelerated Possession Claim

£599 + VAT


Court Hearing

We will prepare for the court hearing by drafting witness statements and certificates of service. We will also instruct an advocate to attend court to present your claim to the Judge. Our fee for this work is £395 + VAT.

Bailiff Action

If the tenants do not leave on the date ordered by the Court we will instruct a county court bailiff to perform a physical eviction. The fees involved are £121 court fee and our legal fees of £225 + VAT.   

What is included in the price:

  • Initial telephone conversation
  • Regular updates
  • Answering any questions as they arise

What is excluded from the price:

  • Meeting at your local office with a lawyer (can be arranged at additional cost)
  • These fees assume that the property is let on an assured shorthold tenancy and that all of the regulatory requirements which entitle you to serve a notice have bene complied with by you or your agent.
  • Your valuation costs which are payable to your professional valuer are not included
  • Your freeholder’s professional costs are not included within this quotation
  • Legal advice outside of the service requested


Court Fees as stated above.

How long will it take?

The timescales vary depending upon the type of notice served and the process followed, each case must be considered individually but we will always – without exception – endeavour to procure possession as soon as practicably possible.  

When will I pay?

Attwells Solicitors will ask you for money on account in advance of the reviewing your documents and drafting the advice letter so that work can get underway on your matter immediately.

How to instruct Attwells Solicitors?

Instructing us is simple. You can either click on the instruct button below to register your interest or you can call your local office. We have offices in Ipswich, Colchester and London. When instructing us please inform us of the office you would like to use.


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