Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
About 2 weeks ago 35
Dear Readers, my situation is as follows, I rented a 3-bed flat in 2010 and lived there with my friend for 4 years (he is not on AST) then I moved to another country due to work.
Since then, the rooms have been sublet to 3 more people plus my friend still lives there (and pays to me). This month my 3 sub-tenants have not paid the rent. I have tried to get in touch several times with each one but they do not respond.
Today they’ve sent a message to my friend and said they have contacted housing association (strange as flat is privately rented) and threatened that I have lost any right to the flat as they have signed with housing directly.
They asked my friend to move out by 1st Oct and said locks will be changed then. Flat was unfurnished when I let it and I provided them with all appliances and furniture (for 4 rooms). I haven’t been contacted formally by anyone yet.
How do I deal with this?
I must say I considered myself a tenant and them as lodgers and when they moved I did not register their deposits thinking I don’t have to. Now I do realise that as I am not living there literally, they are not lodgers. However, I never wanted to loose this flat as I thought about coming back at some point and moving back (it has been 3 years I am not there).
Do they have rights to get rid of me? They never had any problems, I always responded to repairs, I even started paying for cleaning weekly as they never kept cleaning turns and I cared about maintaining the flat well.
The agency recently signed new contract with me (after almost 6 years perodic), they increased the rent by around 12% and I agreed but didn’t ask sub-tenants to pay more. I have been more than fair to them, just bought brand new fridge/freezer as old one broke and new mattress for 1 room.
In regards to my landlord, I haven’t defaulted on rent by even 1 day for over 6 years. As I have been so long with them and good tenant as they say, they have never cared or asked if I sublet.
I am asking for advice as I have been so stressed that I barely can breathe or eat!
Thank you in advance.
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