Evicting vulnerable tenant in hospital – Landlord Action response9:55 AM, 3rd July 2019
About 2 weeks ago 69
My tenants are on a periodic tenancy agreement, rolling monthly. Beginning of Dec ’14 I gave them three months notice to vacate by March. They managed to find a place quickly and then gave me one months notice to say that they will vacate on the 14th Jan 15. In the notice they stated the following:
– they requested that they are present at the time I carry out the check-out
– that the deposit is returned within 14days of the tenancy agreement ending on the 14th Jan 15
– they said they have timestamped photos taken at the start of the tenancy regarding the state of the property
I am happy for the tenants to be present at the time of the check-out. I asked them to confirm the time they are happy to do the check-out. The tenants said they cannot do a check-out until the Saturday 17th as they will be at work on the 15th and 16th.
Although I don’t mind delaying the check-out until the 17th, this essentially means that I will not be able to access the property until 17th. So would it be an unreasonable to request the tenants that the tenancy agreement to remain effective until the checkout on the 17th and they hand over the keys to me.
(the rent is due 15th of each month but I will not be charging any rent for the 15th and 16th all I want is for the tenancy remains effective as long as they hold the keys)
Also, I know that the deposit should be returned within 10 days of the end of the tenancy. So if the checkout is delayed to the 17th does this mean the deposit to be returned within 10 days of the 17th Jan or within 10days of the tenant vacating the property on the 14th Jan?
I don’t want to be an unreasonable landlord but at the same time I don’t want to take unnecessary risk that may lead to any disputes with the tenants. So any guidance on this would be appreciated.
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