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I have a small property let to a young couple which went onto a periodic arrangement about 9 months ago.
Subsequently the man “misbehaved” and left the house. We have had no more contact, but informed the remaining tenant we still considered the other party to be liable for the rent.
She has made great efforts to keep up with the rent, but is slipping behind and we have reached the point where we must serve notice. She is otherwise a good tenant, keeps the house spotless (I like a tenant with OCD!) but we can’t allow it to go on.
The deposit is properly protected, but was originally in the male’s name as it’s not possible to have 2 names registered with the DPS.
So my questions are:
1) I intend to serve notice on both parties using the house address – do I have to make any efforts to track down the man for this purpose.
2) He has not given me notice and therefore I assume that he is still liable for the rent (though I suspect he can’t afford it anyway).
3) If the rent and any dilaps are sorted out to whom do I repay the deposit? I believe that the money originally came from the girl, but that he paid it to us which is why it is in his name. As he is, presumably, still due to pay the rent I can use it to offset the outstanding amount?
4) Just to confuse things further I think she may have taken in a lodger, but I assume he or she would have to leave at the same time, but would I have to include them on the notice just to be safe even though I have no contract with them.
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