Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill or Artificial state manipulation of free market rent?10:34 AM, 6th November 2020
About 4 weeks ago 36
I have a three bedroom house in nice condition, but not right on transport links.
In September 2015 I rented it out on a 6 month tenancy. I was told that it was a man and his girlfriend, her 10 year old boy, and the baby which she just had, and her cousin. So I assumed that man and girlfriend would be one room together with the baby, 10 year old in a different room, and cousin in a different room.
I have insurance and one months deposit, but no guarantor. Also got id documents, bank statements etc.
Visited in Oct/Nov and found, 2 beds and cot in one room (all family living in one room), cousin in the middle room, and the small (box) bedroom, all nicely dec’d out, but empty. I informed them about subletting not being permitted etc, and gave them time to sort it out.
Anyway visited in Jan/Feb and found that property had 6 beds, family still in one room, (3 beds), 2 beds in middle room, and small room still with one bed.
Rent paid on time, property appears well kept, spoken to both sets of neighbours and they don’t have a bad word to say about them.
Issued a s21 which expires early May.
Have since been contacted by the cousin, and he said that he wanted to leave. I informed him that he remains contractually bound until I get back vacant possession. Then a couple of weeks later contacted by other tenant (the boyfriend) he informs me that he wants to stay, that cousin gone and he and flat mate want to stay. He also provided me with photo id for new flat mate. No prior notification. He also informed me that the daughter now in the middle room and flatmate in small room.
They are all Eastern European. I say that because I do not think that they will be able to provide a house owning guarantor, and their links to UK are tenuous. I am also concerned that they are “selling” their room, get back their portion of the deposit, and then leave me with God knows who staying at the property. My concern also that if I do evict them, such is the state of housing in London, that the new tenants (after a void) might be just as bad if not worse. I have a licence but obviously not a HMO licence as it was not rented out as a HMO.
So what do I do?
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