Government forcing landlords to house non-paying tenants for lengthy periods11:18 AM, 15th September 2020
About 5 days ago 39
We have a tenanted property which is fixed for 12 months (Yes, bad move), with a single AST of 4 individuals.
We have had problems more or less after the 1st Month when one of the tenants was not happy about the actions of the others. We tried to keep the peace, but it kept flaring up.
We allowed that tenant to depart on the grounds they sourced a replacement. We spoke to the replacement and forewarned him of the up comings in the house, but he said “he can manage them”.
Two months down the line he is contacting us that he has a skin condition is bad and he wants to leave because of the humidity dampness in his room. (he is the only working individual – he is to pay council tax with one other tenant (part-time student) as the other two are full time students). We supplied a dehumidifier and inspected his room and obviously no signs of damp anywhere as the property was only refurbished 18 months prior.
Then another of the original Tenants could no longer live there and their excuse was difficulty of paying council tax plus rent, and that of the two of the original tenants (but we suspect one particular tenant). In the end we said OK, as long as you find a replacement.
Again we spoke to the tenants about the bad rap that they are portraying and they even tried to justify their actions.
We offered them a chance to surrender the AST but they declined.
So the next replacement was contacted and forewarned and he said as he is a student studying the same as the other that is should be fine. Well here is comes, he can’t bear the other tenants mind you one of them (our trouble maker so we suspect) as the 4th tenant (original tenant) has never been present in the property, because she is living with her BF since he moved in and someone else is utilising her room.
OK, here we have a breach of the AST – What is the Easiest way to end the tenancy as there is about 5 months left for it to run…
I guess we can start serving a Section 21 as we are now nearing 7 months into the AST but is there any other way of forcing them to surrender the tenancy sooner?
They are all jointly liable in respects to the rent, but what’s to say they will not put in a replacement as it seems they might already be subletting a room by the sounds of it – but we have no real proof.
Any ideas appreciated.
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