What action should be taken – section 21 or not for £200 arrearsMake Text Bigger
I’m a landlord with two BTL, which are well maintained and let at £20 less than market rent. House number two has been let to a couple with a young child since day 1 back in May 2012.
They are long term tenants who have maintained the house and generally open to communication. Rent has been paid promptly except in a couple of occasions where they have contacted me in advance and I’ve accommodated late payment (up to a week).
Problem arose in July this year I check my account in September to see that rent had been paid but it was £200 short.I contacted the tenant who told me his wife had made the full payment but he would speak to her and come back to me. To his credit he texted to say I was right and he would sort it. He didn’t.
I then spoke to the tenant close to bonfire night was told payment would be made the next Friday (work was a bit slow). Then spoke to tenant again near end of Nov and was told he would pay it with the rent. Rent has been paid in full and on time except the £200. I have emailed stating it is due and if they have difficulties paying they need to contact me so I can help them with a solution- no reply to my email or my recent text informing I only received the rent not the shortfall.
I don’t like being put in a position where I am chasing for rent. As the monthly rent is £450 the sum isn’t enough to serve a s21? However I don’t want to evict them. I merely want to receive payment. The tenancy expires may 2015 and at this stage I am seriously considering whether or not to renew the tenancy.
What would you do I my situation ?
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