15:35 PM, 16th November 2020, About 7 months ago 10
“You don’t have to leave the property when the notice period expires. You still have a legal right to occupy the property after this date and until your landlord obtains a possession order from the court. If you haven’t found alternative accommodation by the time your notice period expires, we would try to negotiate for more time with your landlord”.
This is the communication our tenants received when they asked for help from the council. We have a good relationship with the tenants, a hard-working family with 4 children who have been there for over ten years, and we have kept the rent low. There is nothing else on the market in the area that they can afford and the council are telling them that they can’t help because there’s no social housing as they are not on a high enough band.
I thought they’d been told not to tell tenants to stay put. The council representative has phoned me (before this above communication was sent) and checked the documentation, seems to think we have done everything correctly. I don’t think more time will make a lot of difference to them finding somewhere.
Our son, who wants to move out of our home and buy his own, has a 60% share in the house which is why we will need to sell it and have given the tenants the required 6 months notice.
Council rep did ask if there is any way they can persuade us to keep the tenants. The LHA is over £200 a month more than we are charging. It’s tempting to say, yes, pay us £944 a month and we’ll get a mortgage! Because when the tenants do move that will be at least what they have to pay.
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