9:46 AM, 31st October 2022, About a month ago 38
Hello, We let our property to a couple with a baby in 2019, with 90% of their rent paid by the council through a housing benefit.
They immediately fell into arrears, not paying the rent at all, so the council told me they would pay the 90% direct to me. Since then the 10% payments have been erratic and they are now around £1,000 in arrears.
Mutually, we would all like them to move out. I need to do some refurbishment, and they are now overcrowded. Another child was moved in without my knowledge – not a baby – and also a large dog. It’s a 2 bed flat.
I now want to just sell the place.
They want to go somewhere bigger, and have got themselves on the list for a council property, but this could take years. I thought an eviction would help them to get bumped up the list, and I considered an s8 as they aren’t supposed to have a dog, and are in arrears, but I chose instead a s21.
I issued one, but the council have asked for the tenancy deposit receipt. [And a how to rent leaflet]. The problem is, and I’m of course in the wrong here, as an amateur, I didn’t protect the deposit.
I’ve returned it to them by bank transfer to try to draw a line under this, but they have been to citizens advice who is advising them to take me to court.
I’m not sure how this will help them find a new home, and she said she doesn’t want to go down that route. And now she’s asked me for a £20 loan.
I am now not sure what to do. They want to leave, but cannot, and they cannot afford a larger private rental.
How is this going to end? My gut says “badly”.
Any advice please?
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