Bob Leydon

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Thursday 4th July 2013


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Bob Leydon

16:07 PM, 30th November 2013
About 7 years ago

Until when is a tenant responsible for their share of the bills?

Within the fixed term of a fixed term tenancy the tenant can give notice to leave at any time but the landlord is entitled to demand full payment until the end of the tenancy or until a substitute pays. If the cost of the bills has been calibrated or annualised based on average consumption between x tenants, then the absent tenant is obliged to pay regardless provided this is clear in the tenancy agreement.... Read More

Bob Leydon

13:54 PM, 30th November 2013
About 7 years ago

Until when is a tenant responsible for their share of the bills?

Oooer this is a messy one. You comment "she must give notice on the next rent day (1st December)". I presume this means the original fixed term tenancy has ended and that it is now a statutory periodic tenancy? Your reference to the next rent day relates to any period of notice a landlord is required to give a tenant to evict. This period need not be reciprocated by the tenant. Technically tenants can leave with just one month's notice or in accordance with the terms of the tenancy agreement. If each tenant arrived at different points in time there is unlikely to be a 'joint tenancy' as there is no 'unity of time', thus it is a 'tenancy in common'. If they have separate tenancies then the remaining tenants may not be contractually obliged to pay either more or less bills unless this is provided for in the tenancy agreement. Further as landlord you have a statutory duty to mitigate any tenant loss by evincing you have marketed the property for replacement tenants. The departing tenant could argue in the absence of consumption of energy that there is no liability. Landlord might argue the lounge light burns and TV runs whether there are 4 or 5 tenants and that there are standing charges not related to consumption. I would adopt a pragmatic approach and rub my hands together if the tenant has paid the rent and most of the bills and provided fair notice of departure. I would not require more but who am I?... Read More