Rent arrears

What happens if you fall into rent arrears

Wandsworth Council will use all legal means to recover rent arrears. You will be told in writing about any legal action and the likely consequences.

Notice of Seeking Possession

If you continue to default on rent payments and accrue arrears, we will serve a 'Notice of Seeking Possession'. The type of notice served will depend on the type of tenancy you hold. If this happens and an arrangement to pay is not made within four weeks, we will apply to the court for a possession order. There will then be a court hearing which you should attend. The court can grant us two types of possession orders – suspended or outright.

Suspended Possession order

This means that provided you keep to the agreement made in court to pay off the arrears, nothing more will be done. If you break that agreement, we will apply for a bailiff's warrant to evict you. You may also have to pay additional court costs which the court may award the council, for having to take further court proceedings against you.

Outright Possession order

This means that you may have to leave the property by the date given in the order. If you do not leave, we will apply for a bailiff's warrant to evict you. You may also have to pay additional court costs, which the court may award us for having to take further court proceedings against you. You have the right to apply to the court to suspend the warrant but we are entitled to defend such applications.