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Thank you for the question. The notice period is not a minimum of 2 months. You can serve them with both a section 21 and a section 8 notice to vacate the premises. They may object to the this on the basis of the notice, but if you can show the court that you are evicting them on the grounds of unpaid rent then you can overrule this notice. You will be able to obtain the deposit to cover part of the rent but you will likely require to take them to court for the remainder of the rent.
You can complete the forms for a claims action easily online. You will have to highlight what the issues are and tell them how much you are claiming for, to be honest the first are straight forward and self-explanatory. If you feel you can do this yourself then you don’t really need to hire a solicitor but I will provide details for you in case you feel you want to. You will then receive a response to the claim and a court date. On the day (unless they offer a settlement) you will appear at the local court and basically provide your evidence and give you claim to the judge and they will response. The judge will assess the merits of the claim and defence and make a judgement this should be relatively easy for you to prove so the respondent may well offer a settlement in the meantime.
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Provide no less than 2 months notice to vacate.