Although you are in Northern Ireland, the property is in Newcastle England and hence, it is English law which applies.
If the tenants are squatters, then it has been a criminal offence since 2012 and that becomes a police matter but, you going to have to prove that they have not just overstayed the tenancy (if they have overstayed they are not squatting) and that they have entered the property illegally. It’s unlikely that you would be able to prove that based upon what you’ve told me and the police would just say it was a civil matter.
You need to serve the tenants with a section 21 notice to quit, assuming that the property has been occupied for more than 6 months on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy which has now gone past the original term and has become periodic.
Here is some reading on section 21 notices. http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/pdf/servingS21.pdf
It is sufficient for the notice to be simply dropped through the letterbox although you would be better getting process server bailiffs/solicitors to deal with that because they can then sign a Affidavit of Service confirming that they served the notice.
More section 21 notices are defective because they don’t have enough time on them than are correct and although the minimum period is two months, just one day short of that in the time you give them to quit and the notice will be thrown out and you will be back to square one. If you want to be absolutely certain that your notice is not defective because the timescale is too short, then give three months.
If the tenants do not leave when the notice expires, you are then faced with making an application to court for an order for possession and if they still don’t leave, you make a further application to court for a warrant for possession where the bailiffs will turn up and physically throw the tenants out.
A word of warning. If the agent did not protect the deposit in a statutory scheme, and the tenants take advice, the tenants can end up claiming three times the deposit from you as compensation under the provisions of the Housing Act. You would be able to recover that from the agent but you do need to be aware.
Although there is no legal reason why you cannot do this yourself, because you are in Northern Ireland, and because of what’s potentially at stake here, I suggest that you found solicitors in Newcastle to deal with it for you.
If you visit the Law Society website www.lawsociety.org.uk
You can search solicitors by postcode and specialism.
There is no tenancy agreement, then it needs a different application for eviction which is certainly not a do-it-yourself job.
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