A landlord has the right to pursue a tenant for outstanding arrears. They can choose to do so at the same time as pursuing an eviction. However, if they wish to do so, they cannot do so under the section 21 procedure. They must do so under the section 8 procedure, which can take longer and cost more.

It is common practice for a landlord to seek the eviction of a tenant under the section 21 procedure. This is because it is usually a faster process. The landlord may wish to pursue a previous tenant for outstanding arrears following a successful eviction. Before doing so, they will consider whether it would be worth it for them to do so. For example, if the tenant had issues paying rent in the first place, would spending more time and money to pursue them for arrears prove fruitful?

In such cases, a landlord may make an economical decision to cut their losses.

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