You must never allow a Tenant to move in [or issue them keys], without them having signed the Tenancy agreement.
Where there is no written agreement, disputes over non payment of Utility and Council Tax bills by the Tenant, or even how long they are permitted to stay in the property, cannot be easily resolved as verbal agreements cannot be proven in a Court of law and considered as 'hearsay'.
This means you may be forced to you use the section 8 recovery process to recover possession of your property; this is a more cumbersome process where the Landlord must prove that the Tenant is in sufficient breach that a Judge is prepared to grant you possession. It is not a mandatory process like the accelerated possession process
In March 1997 it was granted that all Tenants have the lawful the right to request their Landlord to provide them with a proper statement of the terms and conditions of their tenancy. The information that must be provided, contained in our tenancy agreement, is as follows.
Immigration Act revised 2016 should a landlord or letting agent fail to ensure ALL tenants/occupiers have a righto reside for the duration of the tenancy then they may be fined £3000 for each breach. The Secretary of State may instruct the landlord to remove such persons without the need of a court order by way of reasonable force
Labour market enforcement - restriction on illegal migrants to work. A labour market enforcement undertaking (an “LME undertaking”) is an undertaking by the person giving it (the “subject”) to comply with any prohibitions, restrictions and requirements set out in the undertaking
Under section 42 of the County Courts Act 1984 it is possible for the Court to transfer a matter from the County Court to the High Court for enforcement but leave (permission) of the Court is required first. The transfer time varies from court to court and can take up to 28 days, but normally takes far less. An application to seek permission can be made either at the time of making the possession claim or after possession has been ordered.