Tenant Refuses To Pay The First Installment Of Advance Rent

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9:08 AM, 11th September 2014
About 4 years ago

Tenant Refuses To Pay The First Installment Of Advance Rent

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Tenant Refuses To Pay The First Installment Of Advance Rent

I was recommended a tenant by a friend. He moved in on 1st August 2014 and advance rent was due on 4th August 2014, and he didnt pay the rent due for 4th September 2014. Tenant Refuses To Pay The First Installment Of Advance Rent

He says he will not pay because he doesn’t have too.

Its a 6 month AST contract for a single furnished room, no deposit was paid.

What do I do?

Thanks

Lisa



Comments

Mark Alexander

9:18 AM, 11th September 2014
About 4 years ago

Hi Lisa

I have two quick questions:-

1) On what grounds is your tenant refusing to pay rent? In other words, why does he think he doesn't have to pay?

2) You mention that your tenant is in a furnished room. This leads me to think he/she may not be a tenant at all, he/she may be a lodger. If that is the case your rights as a landlords are very different. Therefore, I need to know whether you also live in the property in which your tenant is renting the furnished room.
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Alex Williams

11:16 AM, 11th September 2014
About 4 years ago

Yes. More details please.

Sadly though he may well be right. He doesn't have to assuming he doesn't mind getting a ccj and eventually being evicted. The law is an ass.

Sally T

11:38 AM, 11th September 2014
About 4 years ago

If it's a HMO and his rent is paid up to date then he's right as you can only demand rent for the current rent period. Any over payment can be deemed a deposit and then protection rules come in.

Sean Toole

11:44 AM, 11th September 2014
About 4 years ago

Hi Lisa,

For refrence you may wish to know that you can take out insurance in regards to tenants who do not pay on time or at all.

Jay James

14:49 PM, 12th September 2014
About 4 years ago

Are you a resident landlord Lisa?


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