Connie Fletcher

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Thursday 3rd December 2015


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Connie Fletcher

15:57 PM, 5th December 2015
About 5 years ago

AST in previous landlords name - can we issue Section 8/21?

Selling the flat(s) is a real possibility, as we bought the house to get two 'adjacent' flats, so my elderly mum could live in one and us in the other. Life has a habit of spoiling plans, sadly, so that now can't happen, and we will stay in our house of many years. The change of plan is why the tenants got to stay on in the first place!

Good advice, Dan, we've no need to alienate anyone more than necessary, so will simply give intention to sell as the reason. Thank you again, Connie.... Read More

Connie Fletcher

16:38 PM, 4th December 2015
About 5 years ago

AST in previous landlords name - can we issue Section 8/21?

Reply to the comment left by "Steve From Leicester" at "04/12/2015 - 13:45":

It was actually the solicitor we purchased through who said we didn't need to ask the tenant to sign a new AST, but this was only verbal advice and she has since left the practice. She didn't say we must issue a Section 48, but as Dan of Cherry Picked and Steve from Leicester say, we did of course write to the tenants (the flat was one of a pair in a converted house, and we bought the house) to say we had purchased the flat, and give our names and address, and bank details for payment of rent.

We also at that time notified the council we were the new landlords, as this tenant was on HB, which we were a little annoyed to find out after purchase, as we were led to believe by reading the AST supplied by the previous landlord that the tenant would be paying monthly. In fact, it is a 4 weekly HB payment from the council. We also registered the deposit (transferred from the previous landlord after a bit or hassling as he was owed money by this tenant) into one of the registered deposit holding schemes, and gave the tenant full paperwork on this, and also the 'how the scheme works' blurb. The HB doesn't quite pay the rent, but we have been unable to persuade the tenant to make up the shortfall, and as it is minimal we have let it roll on. Now though, a 'partner' has appeared on the scene (the AST says one person only), and noisy arguments and reported 'fights' are upsetting neighbours, who of course are now complaining to us. Rather than get a bad name in the street, we felt the tenant should be 'asked' to leave, also before damage is done to the flat. Hence the question whether we could serve the S8/21.

In short (you gather I'm not good at that...) you have set my mind at rest that we did issue a S48 notice in appropriate format (although we didn't head the letter S48 as such) and should have no problems with either an S8/21. A great relief! Thanks, Connie.... Read More