9:54 AM, 8th December 2022, About 2 months ago 7
Hello all, a scenario I have not come across before has arisen.
I have for sale a large converted Victorian house consisting of 1 x 1 bed and 3 x studio flats. It is fully tenanted with good LHA tenants faultlessly paying rent etc.
The property has been on the market for a fortnight and one of the tenants has gone into full blown ‘I will be homeless’ mode and left the property. I am left picking up the tab for the lost rent of £450 and council tax of £127.
My question is simple: Can I rent the room on an AST whilst its for sale? Estate agent says yes as it is being marketed as a going concern.
My concerns around this are probably obvious to you all – what if I get a buyer a week after I rent it? Can I still evict them if needed? etc.
Could I get a pre-tenancy agreement in writing with the tenant saying they are aware of the house being for sale and accept that the tenancy may have to end early (or words to that effect).
I would welcome your thoughts/experiences.