My wife has fallen foul of not knowing about protecting the tenants deposit in a scheme and so we have been told that the notice letter that we gave the tenant is void.
In order to go ahead with a section 21 notice, we must give the deposit back, which we will as its only £250. But the problem is that the tenant is unreachable. Doesn’t answer calls, doesn’t answer the door if we call round, doesn’t respond to letters and we cant put a check through the door, as she has a locked gate that we cant get through to push it through the letterbox.
Legally, where do we stand? And what would you recommend as next steps?
We do have grounds for a section 8 as well, but would rather just serve a section 21 and wait for the 2 months to elapse. However, if we cant give her the deposit back, we cant serve the notice.