Myth-busting – Electrical Safety installations Act 202011:19 AM, 3rd August 2020
About A week ago 79
In June we began to rent out a room in a shared house (HMO) to a young single chap who seemed very personable and clean and tidy in appearance. He was not in a position to pay his months rent and deposit in advance so to help him out we agreed to accept his deposit in installments.
However, we did point out that we would not be able to secure his deposit in a scheme until it had all been received and would not issue a tenancy agreement until it had been paid in full.
His rent payments have been sporadic and he is currently behind by one month and still owes £20 of his deposit.
He recently informed us that he wishes to move out and rent a property with his girlfriend, though he has given no date. We have been approached by a rental agent for a reference, which we do not feel able to provide.
We could honestly provide one covering his behaviour and treatment of the property, which have not been a problem, but we could not confirm him as someone who always pays on time. When we told him this he got angry and had an argument with our son who had actually received the request for the reference and had to tell him we did not feel able to provide one.
Obviously, in view of his reaction we need to bring his tenancy to an end, but are unsure where we stand in law as there is no tenancy agreement. Can we simply write to him and ask him to leave, or is there some more definite procedure we should adopt?
I should say that we have tightened procedures since this guy arrived and if anyone cannot provide the up-front payment we will not provide them with accommodation. We are now also more stringent with our own reference seeking.
Has anyone else found themselves in a similar position and dealt with it successfully?
Any advice would be welcome.
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