10:37 AM, 28th January 2016, About 5 years ago 13
Tricky situation: I have a sole 3 bed BTL property and have a really nice family in it who both worked. I learned last month that the wife was to lose her job so there would be only one wage earner. She was looking for work.
I did my 6 month inspection 2 days ago and the house is in immaculate condition.
I then learned yesterday that the wife has had enough of her husband has asked him to leave. He has already applied for a flat. She has applied to the DSS for rent assistance.
The rent is £600 and she will get about £470. No notices to quit have been received yet and the wife is asking if she can stay on with her 2 children.
She is a good tenant and looks after the place but if I agree to her staying she says she will need new tenancy agreement for the DSS. I don’t do DSS!?
If it transpires that she can’t afford the rent then will I have the DSS telling her to stay till the day I evict her.
Or: I ask her to leave now she could run out of money while serving notice and then it could get really tricky. Will the DSS pay her some rent while she looks for another place?
Or: If I don’t agree to a new tenancy agreement will she receive any DSS money and then obviously default if she doesn’t.
What happens about the deposit?
Could she get a lodger?
Too many questions???
I had also been discussing with them the potential for rent rises when the government change the rules on tax relief! No chance of that now he is leaving.
Any advice would be welcome
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