Tenant wants her boyfriend to move in

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4 years ago

Tenant wants her boyfriend to move in

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Tenant wants her boyfriend to move in

I have a good tenant on a 6 month AST expiring mid October 2014. Tenant wants her boyfriend wants to move in

She has asked if her boyfriend can move in.

Apart from reference him and draw up another 6 month AST with his name added, is there anything else I need to do?

He’s a self employed decorator and will provide 5 years tax returns as evidence of income, although she pays the rent currently.

Thanks and best wishes

Pete

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Mark Alexander

4 years ago

Hi Pete

Remember that a new AST = a requirement for new deposit protection and the issue of new prescribed information.
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Neil Woodhead

4 years ago

Issue them with an unauthorised Tenant Agreement

Mark Alexander

4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Neil Woodhead" at "07/08/2014 - 17:00":

What is an "unauthorised tenant agreement"?

Do you mean giving consent to take in a lodger?
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Robert Hartley

4 years ago

That's all well and good so why not increase the rent?
You'll have more wear and tear on the property and they can afford to pay more

Jill Lucas

4 years ago

I have had this happen on several occasions and have taken up references and created a new AST tenancy agreement. There is no shortcut to this - and of course you may need to review the deposit? not my area of expertise.

Also assume your tenant was not sharing before? Probably worth checking the condition of the property too and get the new agreement signed and witnessed at the property if you can.

Peter Brown

4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "07/08/2014 - 16:53":

Hi Mark
Thanks but would you be kind enough to explain why there's a need for new deposit protection - I already have a deposit logged with the DPS.

And what is the issue of prescribed information?

Thanks

Peter Brown

4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jill Lucas" at "07/08/2014 - 17:30":

Thanks Jill

No tenant wasn't formally sharing before but I know the bf stays over (naturally).

I don't plan to increase the deposit unless there's a common standard to do so.

Thanks

Robert Hartley

4 years ago

That's all very well, but why not take this opportunity to increase the rent?
There will be more wear and tear on the property and they should be able to pay more

Mark Alexander

4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Peter Brown" at "07/08/2014 - 18:44":

Very simple, that's the law. New tenancy requires new deposit protection. Prescribed information explains who the deposit belongs to. Is it your original tenant or does BF now have an interest in it too?

Shakeel Ahmad

4 years ago

The deposit has to be re registered. As it is a new contract with a new party to the contract., a new period. I would also have the inventory checked/prepared. If the relationship does not flourish the tenants can play the blame.

I would also advise them of their status of having a tenancy that will carry joint several liabilities.

If you are using a Agent. You also have to consider the commission that may be charged for the new tenancy and any credit due to you.

Besides the wear & tear. The above will take your time & add to the cost. As Landlord's we are not allowed to charge for the registration of the deposit.

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