Newly separated mother with children?

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9:22 AM, 30th September 2019
About 4 months ago

Newly separated mother with children?

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Newly separated mother with children?

I have just had an enquiry for my rental property from a lady with 2 children who is about to separate from her husband. They are currently in rented property.

As the decision has only just been made, there is no formal legal agreement between them in terms of how much maintenance he will be paying her and her income alone is very limited given the fact she has young children to look after. She does have someone who could act as Guarantor though, but I suspect that as her situation is somewhat ‘fluid’, and that referencing will be near on impossible.

I would be interested to know what others have done in this situation – maybe 6 months rent up front with only a 6 month agreement to start might be an option but I am interested to know what your thoughts are as there must be quite a number of people in this position.

Many thanks





11:34 AM, 8th October 2019
About 4 months ago

The guarantor would not strictly be a tenant in that tenancy rights only apply to one's main home. I have recently done two guarantor agreements for young relatives and this has not been suggested, what is your source for this?

Michael Barnes

22:01 PM, 12th October 2019
About 4 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Darlington Landlord at 06/10/2019 - 13:42
It should not affect council tax as CT is based on the people who live there, not the people named on a tenancy agreement.

If a married couple rent a property, separate, and one moves out, then the remaining occupant is entitled to single person CT discount even though the tenancy continues in joint names.

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