Tenant will not now agree to new tenancy with neighbour purchaser?

Tenant will not now agree to new tenancy with neighbour purchaser?

10:12 AM, 17th November 2021, About 2 years ago 5

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I have a tenant who wants to move and wants ME to issue a section 21. However, she introduced me to her neighbour who wants to buy the house and let her stay as a tenant.

Good so far… these two have now fallen out, and the tenant says if I sell to the next-door neighbour she will not sign a new tenancy agreement.

Any suggestions?

The tenant wants to be made homeless to get a council house, her dream home!

Many thanks


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Darren Peters

12:37 PM, 17th November 2021, About 2 years ago

Firstly Bernard what do you want to do? Ie do you still want to sell the house?

Secondly did you issue a Section 21 to your tenant and when?

If it were me, and I wanted to sell, I would not want to get stuck in the middle of the neighbour and tenant because I (and you!) don't need to.

Therefore I would do the usual thing, get a few estate agents around, get an idea of the market and put the property up for sale on the open market. I would also give the tenant a S21 if you haven't already done so.

The neighbour can put in an offer just like anyone else and if he ends up being the buyer he can rent it to whoever he likes but it's not your concern. Alternatively someone else might put in a better offer than your neighbour.

Either way, aim for vacant possession. Your tenant can show the council the S21 and that your house is being actively marketed.

I wouldn't let your tenant call the shots, nor the neighbour.

Freda Blogs

12:38 PM, 17th November 2021, About 2 years ago

Seems like the tenant is trying to manipulate the situation for their own advantage. However, there isn't any need for the tenant to agree a new tenancy - you can sell to the neighbour with the current tenancy subsisting, assuming the neighbour is happy to proceed on that basis.

You could serve a S21 if you wished to mollify your tenant (and then leave it for the purchaser whether or not to follow through with obtaining possession), but it's not necessary.

rebecca anelay

9:49 AM, 18th November 2021, About 2 years ago

Say No to both of them!!! You are a business not a charity. The value of your property will not be truly known until it is Empty, clean and on the open market.
I am in the same position....an estate agent told me last week that my Tennant had knocked 25 000 off the value of the property because of the state of the garden and interior...I have asked him( a friend too) to remedy it but gave also issued a section 21.
I also have been looking to buy a new family home over the past year and I can assure you that buyers will offer many thousands over the asking price in this current market so how can you agree a price with your neighbour until you have tested the market???
I'm not a business person and find it hard to drive a hard bargain...but I just think of it in terms of any concessions I make for other people means less for my children!!!! The market is crazy now...get it Empty and up for sale....unless you have a huge mortgage andn't afford a shirt

Rob Crawford

9:56 AM, 18th November 2021, About 2 years ago

I agree with Darren. The danger of not serving a section 21 would be that the tenant forces the situation by going into arrears!


14:52 PM, 22nd November 2021, About 2 years ago

Bernard, I read your post two times to see where it says that you actually intend to or want to sell your house.

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