Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
About 3 weeks ago 35
I am a private landlord (only one property which I rented out reluctantly when I relocated). My tenant has been in the house for nearly four years. It started as a one year tenancy which we then mutually extended by a number of one year periods but I must admit I was lax and did not confirm in writing these extensions. I also failed to protect the deposit (for a number of reasons) but have recently done this.
The tenant has been problematic although always paid rent on time. We decided to end the tenancy due to the demands she keeps making and so I wrote to her giving just over 2 months notice to end the tenancy at the end of this agreed one year period. I modelled this on a formal section 21 notice. I have now found out that she has not paid the rent. She is stating that she needs money for a months rent up front and a deposit on a new place when she finds one and believes we owe her a deposit and a months rent. I have tried to explain the deposit is repayable at the end of her tenancy and she paid a month in advance for the first month when she moved in so owes rent until one month before she leaves in October (so still has to pay until September) but to no avail and now she has ceased contact.
I just don’t know what to do now. She won’t engage in any conversation about the rent, has apparently confirmed on writing she will not pay her rent for the next 2 months (I’ve not seen the letter yet I’m on holiday) but I’m worried that only just projecting the deposit means I can’t take action.
Any advice on what I should do? I should mention she is supposedly on benefits so I don’t understand why the benefits agency can’t help her as she reckons she will be homeless if we don’t let her do this?
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