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Can a landlord change the locks to prevent a sub-tenant gaining access to the property where the purported subletting took place after the landlord had already obtained a possession order. Will a warrant for possession be effective as against persons who are not expressly covered in the possession order?

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Published on LexisPSL on 09/06/2015

The following Property Disputes Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can a landlord change the locks to prevent a sub-tenant gaining access to the property where the purported subletting took place after the landlord had already obtained a possession order. Will a warrant for possession be effective as against persons who are not expressly covered in the possession order?
  • Status of current occupier
  • Landlord changing the locks
  • Executing existing warrant for possession

The following assumptions have been made for the purposes of this Q&A, that the:

  1. tenancy has terminated pursuant to a court possession order and the purported subletting took place after the possession order became effective but before the bailiff’s appointment was made pursuant to the warrant for possession

  2. property is commercial and not residential. If the property is residential, a property owner must be particularly careful in taking back possession by changing the locks rather tha

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