10:14 AM, 26th October 2020, About 8 months ago 4
I rented my flat to a friend, and he recently got fired from his job. He’s about £1,600 in rental arrears. Given that he is currently unemployed and broke I suggest the best course of action for us both is for him to vacate the flat and stay in my place (as I have a spare bedroom) I told him that he can stay in my place rent free until he manages to find another job – that way I can rent out my BTL flat to someone else and at the same time he won’t be buried in rental arrears and bills.
He agreed, and we both sign a Deed of Surrender, he even started moving a few of his belongings to my flat. However, all of a sudden he decided that he no longer wants to vacate my BTL flat and wants to stay.
He obviously can no longer pay rent and with the new 6 month notice restriction, I don’t know where I stand? Does our Deed of Surrender agreement have any bearing?
Can I charge him double rent for not honouring our agreement? Obviously not to get more money but to show him that staying there will be more problematic for him?
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