10:48 AM, 14th June 2021, About 3 months ago 3
I have a tenant moving in next week that the Council are paying the deposit and Rent in Advance (RIA) for. There is a deficit of £20.01 per month, which normally would require a top-up to be paid directly to me from the tenant.
In this case, the Council have stated they will pay this top-up for the first year on behalf of the tenant. I asked them to pay the first 6 months (£120.06) upfront with the Deposit and RIA then after the first 6-month term pay the next 6 months.
They have just sent through a payment for the whole 12 months’ top-ups.
Raises the question (always suspicious) do I accept this as it’s clearly easier for the Council to do this in one hit, or do I reject this and ask to pay back the second 6-month payment?
In being seen to accept the second 6-month payment in advance of the end of the first 6-month contract term, am I falling into a trap of accepting rent 12 months in advance then getting screwed over in some way if the poop hits the fan and a day after the initial term I need to evict (for whatever reason)?
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