Government forcing landlords to house non-paying tenants for lengthy periods11:18 AM, 15th September 2020
About 4 days ago 39
My 3 tenants have a joint AST agreement. Unfortunately, 2 want/need to leave (been offered better job outside London/ having year out traveling). The remaining tenant wants to stay but doesn’t know 2 others to share with. I absolutely do not want my lovely flat turned into an HMO, so I am now having to consider reletting it to completely new people. My question is, firstly do I need to get both of the girls to write their notice, or just one of them? Secondly, do I need to give the other tenant his notice, or is it considered enough that the tenancy has been ended by the girls?
The problem is compounded by the fact that his name does not appear on the original tenancy, as he replaced a further girl who left a few months ago. He has a deed of assignment drawn up by an agency.
The tenancy comes to an end on November 6th, and was to roll over. The last girl to leave wants to go just before Xmas. They all seem very aware of their responsibilities and liabilities and have assured me rent will be paid until then.
I do not know if I should issue a section 21 just in case he suddenly decides not to go. In fact, I’d prefer him to stay if he were to find friends to share with. They have all been model tenants so far. However, I had a very unfortunate experience with the previous tenants who basically used me to try to get a council flat and cost me a fortune in unpaid rent, eviction costs and damage to the flat.
I hope someone can advise me on the best course of action. I absolutely cannot afford to lose money at this stage as I am still paying for the fitted kitchen and new bathroom, etc!
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