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Do I need an 'official' abandonment notice?

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« on: April 23, 2021, 09:37:25 AM »

Hello everyone, first post alert! I have done numerous searches on the web, and here in this forum, but as yet I'm unable to find what I'm looking for.

Short question: does anyone have an official abandonment notice template or sample they wouldn't mind sharing, please?

Long version: I've recently had a court possession hearing which went in my favour, however the tenant left the property a few months before the hearing owing an eye-watering amount of rent. I approached Legal for Landlords, hoping to use their debt recovery service. They asked me for:

A copy of your court order
Copies of the abandonment notice you have used, or proof of whether the tenant has notified you they have surrendered their lease.

For the latter, I drew up this abandonment notice based on samples I found online:

FAO [tenant name] – Possession of Abandoned Dwelling at [address]
Upon information from a neighbour I believe you abandoned the property on 13 November 2020 without providing me any notice. My contractor entered the property on 18 November 2020 and confirmed that all your belongings had gone. You haven’t paid rent or responded to any correspondence since December 2019. Under Section 220 of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act 2016, and the possession order granted to me at the Cardiff County Court possession hearing on 6 April 2021, I hereby serve two weeks’ notice of entering the property and changing the locks. You can contact me in writing via email with any questions at [my email address]. [my name] 6 April 2021

When I sent this to Legal for Landlords, they said, "We charge £60 for abandonment notices so do let me know if this is something you require and I can have the team draw this up for you along with instructions on how to serve (I would just need a copy of your tenancy agreement). We wouldn’t check over any notices you have served yourself as a free service. Given how high the penalties can be for non-compliance, specifically in relation to unlawful eviction we will not take on any risky cases. With this, I would suggest a proper Abandonment Notice is used."

While I don't mind paying if it's unavoidable, I'm also loathe to part with another single bean in the name of this tenant if it's something I can do for myself. Would anyone know the correct wording for said 'proper Abandonment Notice', or be able to point me towards a template? Like I say, I've searched extensively.

Endless thanks in advance!
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