Tenant leaving mid month?

Tenant leaving mid month?

9:46 AM, 12th January 2017, About 5 years ago 14

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Can anyone advise me on what’s best to do in this scenario: Tenant told me just before Christmas that she is leaving and gave me notice on her rent day 1st Jan but with no leaving date. notice

She led me to believe this would be end of Feb however. She then changed her mind (today) to the 9th Feb and wants to only pay nine days rent on 1st Feb.

What’s best to do?

The house will be empty after her departure as I am selling it (meant to be selling it to her until she dropped the bombshell just before Xmas). Am a bit short of cash as I have to pay the mortgage with no rent coming in while the sale goes through.

Any advice on the law/protocol here would be massively appreciated.

Thank you.



by Emma Pattwell

0:27 AM, 14th January 2017, About 5 years ago

The problem is that my tenant was telling me up until the end of Nov that she was definitely buying the house herself, then less than two weeks later she has an amazing job the other side of the country so in all honesty and without going in to detail, she's strung me along for a year and intentionally misled me to avoid me ending the tenancy and having to leave in the middle of the exams she needed to do so I didn't feel kindly toward her really. I had not saved any money to pay the mortgage without a tenant as I'd taken her at her word that she was buying it. Foolish I know but you live and learn. Am going to have to borrow money to get through until sale happens. She did say in her initial email telling me she was leaving that she was staying until the 28th Feb but her actual notice letter didn't give a date but as you've all said she did give a month's notice so she's within her rights. I have a buyer thankfully so have everything crossed it will go through soon but as we all know these things often don't run smoothly. Thanks everyone for your advice.

by Dylan Morris

9:43 AM, 14th January 2017, About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Emma Pattwell" at "14/01/2017 - 00:27":

Well done Emma in finding another buyer so quickly. Good luck.

by Ray Davison

9:52 AM, 8th August 2017, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mark Trenfield at 13/01/2017 - 08:32If a Tenant gives notice then this ends the Tenancy at the end of the notice period. That is either the end date of the Tenants notice (If one is given) or that prescribed in the Housing Act whichever is the later. If you then accept rent for any further period then a NEW Tenancy has commenced with all the admin, complication and pain that will bring.

by Ray Davison

9:55 AM, 8th August 2017, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Gary Nock at 13/01/2017 - 21:01The oil from bluetack is almost impossible to remove. If it's on wallpaper you a completely screwed. As Gary says, painting with stainblock then repainting the whole wall (Patch painting never looks acceptable) will sometimes work but emulsion just will not take over gloss in my experience.

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