First time poster here. I am in the process of buying a flat in North London, my offer having been accepted in September. The current owner has had a tenant in there, who was served a two month Section 21 notice on 1st November. It is now the 2nd of January and he remains in the property, apparently due to his inability to find suitable replacement accommodation. He is a HB recipient which I imagine makes his search more difficult. The sellers agent tells me that they are doing their best to assist his search, and that an eviction application was submitted to the court this morning.
It may be that a suitable flat is found for him, but if it ends up being necessary for the current owner to proceed with the eviction process, I'm wondering how long it is likely to take. From what I've read, it is usually 3-6 months. The agent told me this morning they usually get possession in around 8 weeks, and that it's something they have experience in doing.
Would anyone here be able to advise me based on their own experiences? I'm asking my solicitor whether drawing up a conditional contract would be a good idea, so as to bind the vendor into the sale. I'm willing to wait, as the flat is a good £20k under market value, but my mortgage offer will expire at the end of Feb and I would really really like to avoid having to go through the incredibly arduous application again.