0:04 AM, 8th March 2023, About 7 months ago 39
Hello, I am a private landlord. I had my tenants before 2016. They have been on a rolling tenancy since the AST fixed term expired.
I also had a ‘Deed of Guarantee’ signed by their guarantor when they moved in. We have been on good terms with each other.
My tenants have small children. They are claiming benefits for rent but I don’t know what they are claiming (Universal Credit, Housing Benefit …?). The current cost of living hit them hard. They would like to apply for social housing.
They have asked me to give them a notice of possession (they call it a ‘leave notice’), so that they can get into the queue for social housing. They think this the most straightforward way to do it. They also promised to pay me the rent while they are on the waiting list for social housing.
If I don’t/can’t give them the notice, then they will not pay the rent. So, I would be forced to give them the leave notice.
I am not clear if I should give them a notice and how it will affect me. I need the rent payments as this is my main income.
I do not want rent arrears. On the other hand, are there any disadvantages me (as a Landlord) giving them an eviction notice before my tenants stop paying their rent (going into arrears)?
What happens if they stop paying the rent after I give them a (Section 21) notice?
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