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About 3 days ago 93
I am being messed about by a young HB tenant. I said never again to young HB tenants, but this time her mum lives on the same road and was happy to be a guarantor, so i accepted her.
After one year she has missed 6 weeks rent due to a HB issue when she tried to work part time. This money is now lost, but is not my concern now. I have issued a section 21 and this will expire the first week in June.
The tenant has texted me her notice to quit giving 2 weeks notice and this expires on Wednesday. Can this text message be a valid form of surrender ? I have a long text exchange printed out you see.
The tenant does not communicate with me and i have been told she may not be leaving after all. So i am in a bit of limbo. I also have new tenants who want the house as soon as possible.
As I see it if she doesn’t move out I will have to enforce the section 21 in a few weeks time, However, if she does move out I don’t want to be in a situation where i re-rent the house out and then get told she wants to live there still.
This is why the text information is important. Would this be seen as a valid notice by the courts if it ever got that far ?
Also on another matter about the guarantor. If I have to go to court to evict and possibly incur more rental losses what is the realistic possibility of getting money from a mother who is on benefits herself ? Could I get the court to deduct weekly payments to cover my losses and costs ? Currently I am down £275 and I am not bothered by this at all so will let it go. But if this rolls on I may well be looking at loosing a greater amount.
I need to fully understand if I am in a good position to reclaim lost money and what is involved. I have not done this before. If I am in a strong position i will explain the ins and outs of it all to the mother and hopefully she will help her daughter move on with as little fuss as possible, if she understand what potential risk she is exposed to. At the moment she thinks no one can touch her, but I don’t think she has been a guarantor before.
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