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Thank you for your patience. I am sorry to hear about it. There are two things you need to note: you can try to recover your money in a small claims court. You can do it any any time and you are not affected by the Covid rules. To issue a claim please click here: Make a money claim online - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
However, to evict a tenant you need to comply with the latest government rules which are here: Guidance for landlords and tenants - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). Accordingly, from 1 June 2021, landlords must serve at least four months’ notice if they wish to evict tenants. Before June it was six months. So once you have served the notice you need to wait.
I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me with any follow up questions. I am happy to help.