I hope someone can help me.
I have a flat lent to a Housing Benefit tenant although the rent comes straight to me (because she fell into arrears). On Sat night, her ex-boyfriend (who apparently has also been living at the flat although the tenancy is just in her name) kicked down the communal door and then the door to the flat. My tenant wasn't there and the police boarded it up and the freeholder has posted the keys to me. We have just had a long conversation and he has basically told me she's been doing drugs in the flat, problems with noise, visitors and he's already lost one of his tenants over it. He begged me not to let her back in (she is apparently staying at her mothers). She also has a criminal record for drugs and burglary, apparently.
Clearly I am going to serve her notice but my problem is this:
She wants to come back to the flat as all her stuff is there.
I don't know whether to serve her a Section 21 or a Section 8 (clearly she has breached her contract through her boyfriend living there plus the nuisance to neighbours etc).
The council will now stop her Housing Benefit as I have spoken to them about my concerns and that's the first thing they do.
Can I legally stop her from coming back to the flat and if I do, how can I serve her notice?
As the flat was managed by a letting agency up until 6 months ago (I sacked them as they were bloody useless), I have no idea about deposits despite my trying to get the paperwork numerous times.
I actually don't know what to do, full stop. Can anyone help??