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I own and manage a small HMO and rent the individual rooms on an AST of 6 months. In August a new tenant moved in, 7 weeks into her contract she told me she was now on the shortlist to move to a council flat, and she hoped to be moved out by the end of September, but would pay October’s rent.
She asked how flexible I was in regard to her having to pay for the whole term.
I reminded her that she had signed for 6 months (with her niece as guarantor (due to her being out of work)) but I would do my utmost to find a tenant from that moment onwards and hopefully the end of October to help her in her predicament.
This is my sole income.
I advertised the room at a competitive rate, but have only a little interest. One tenant informed me that she had Covid-19 last week so halted viewings and currently relying solely on my video tour.
I contacted my tenant this week to find out exactly when she would be moving out, she advised me that she had already moved out (on 6th October), and what should she do with the keys.
My questions are –
1. If I take the keys back, does that mean I deem the tenancy has finished?
2. Is it reasonable for me to expect the lady to pay rent until a new tenant is found?
Thank you in advance
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