Should I sell or risk tenants buying at undervalue price?9:08 AM, 25th September 2019
About 4 weeks ago 48
I have recently completed on an eight bedroom HMO, where all tenants work at the local Hospital, and the house has been very well managed and kept to a high standard of cleanliness and management by the existing manager (whom we have kept).
One of the eight tenants had never been a problem until one month before the sale when he stopped communicating with the vendor and manager and did not pay his rent for July. He was on a “Licence to occupy” from the vendor, as were the other seven.
We have drafted new ASTs for all, and all have signed except for this gentleman. Therefore no AST exists at this stage.
We received all the deposits via solicitors and immediately protected these, and have served certificates & prescribed information as normal on each tenant (Failure to do so usually results in a journey through traitor’s gate by river to Tower Green, where heads are removed). So this has all been done.
Efforts to contact this tenant via text, email, Phone call, letter, lawyers’ letter, and knocking on his door, both from us as new owners, the previous owner, and the manager have all drawn a blank. Thus we don’t know if he wants to stay or not. (He is still there apparently) ,
What is his legal status? Squatter?
Can we serve a Section 21 seeing as no AST has been signed?
Can we evict in any other way?
How can we give notice to enter his room if he won’t respond to anything?
Answers on a postcard please
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