To issue or not to issue an AST

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9:58 AM, 3rd January 2017
About 2 years ago

To issue or not to issue an AST

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To issue or not to issue an AST

Can I please have your advice on a matter that a mate of mine has found herself in? She has a house that her partner has rented out, but has never issued an AST, the tenant has not paid a deposit, so nothing was protected.no contract

The rent is very low, and the property now needs major work. She would like to increase the rent and also do some maintenance work on it.

The question is should she now issue an AST to have something in writing? or just simply to ask for an increase in rent?

Antony



Comments

Neil Patterson

10:17 AM, 3rd January 2017
About 2 years ago

Hi Antony,

Technically this could be a verbal agreement, but it puts your friend in a very difficult position for increasing or even proving what the existing rent was and also for eviction.

Please see the Landlord Law Blog: What happens if you don’t have a written tenancy agreement? >> http://www.landlordlawblog.co.uk/2015/06/08/what-happens-if-you-dont-have-a-written-tenancy-agreement/

terry sullivan

13:53 PM, 3rd January 2017
About 2 years ago

when did tenancy start? any more details? house habitable? anything else?

Michael Barnes

13:42 PM, 5th January 2017
About 2 years ago

If she is happy with the tenant, then get a written agreement signed by tenant; if she is not happy or tenant will not sign, then issue S21 notice.

Antony Antoniou

20:27 PM, 5th January 2017
About 2 years ago

Hi Terry and all the other gents

Thank you for all your comments, I've just emailed the link to my friend to read and hopefully she responds to your further questions and becomes a member too

Thanks again for your advise and help

Antony


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