Unreasonable request from a Tenant?

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12:15 PM, 14th March 2015
About 5 years ago

Unreasonable request from a Tenant?

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Unreasonable request from a Tenant?

Hi, this is my first post so a big thanks in advance for any advice. We have a tenant that is currently 3 months into her contract, all was well when she moved in and the property has been kept in a fantastic condition so no real cause for concern. However she had budgeted for working from home when taking on the house originally and her company were happy to send relevant documents on line for her to process. Unreasonable request from a Tenant

However she has had issues with her internet provider blocking a lot of the content her office had sent, this in turn led to a loss of earnings and subsequently she has been called back into the office rather than been allowed to work at home.
We received a text saying originally she would be leaving at the end of the 6 months due to this problem with the internet and now having to travel to work and back every day. This has since changed to she will be vacating the house end of March, paying the rent but not heating the house or staying on top of its upkeep. Now obviously this leaves us with a house stood empty or worse abandoned and potential damp or condensation issues.

Preferably we are now in the mind frame just to sell the house but believe the tenant still has an obligation to ensure the property has the relevant utilities in place for the term of the contract at her cost?

Thanks

James



Comments

Michael Barnes

14:42 PM, 16th March 2015
About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Gary Nock" at "14/03/2015 - 16:38":

I agree with Gary.

If she is planning to continue paying rent, then being pleasant and reasonable and saving her money should be best all round.

David Aneurin

14:44 PM, 16th March 2015
About 5 years ago

Why not try to solve the internet problem?

JAMES CLAYTON

14:48 PM, 16th March 2015
About 5 years ago

Gary certainly has made a very good point and we have not tackled the issue as yet or come to the falling out stage.
We did offer to sort the internet issues but she replied that her work were unwilling to do so.

Nat Patel

17:47 PM, 16th March 2015
About 5 years ago

Hello, Be aware of tenants .Let her go when ever she want to go and get new tenant as soon as you can. If not you will be in financial loose . before she change her mind.

John Frith

18:00 PM, 17th March 2015
About 5 years ago

The only reason I can think of for an internet provider blocking content is for something illegal! Suspect there is more to this than what's been disclosed so far.

Michael Barnes

22:22 PM, 17th March 2015
About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "John Frith" at "17/03/2015 - 18:00":

Spam filters are a mysterious thing.

David Aneurin

22:35 PM, 17th March 2015
About 5 years ago

Not necessarily. there was a program on the radio discussion outages or low speeds on the broadband. Two instances that were found was a bad street light and a mobile phone charger. There was a suggestion that you could use a DAB radio tuned to a certain frequency.
The reference to"work" may not be relevant as you could use your own computers to check the situation out.

Chris Amis

9:28 AM, 18th March 2015
About 5 years ago

Apart from the internet thing sounding like a spurious excuse.

Technically it is a doddle to fix, new ISP or VPN for a few bucks a month.

Puzzler

13:28 PM, 21st March 2015
About 5 years ago

Regards the internet it may be the link to her office e.g. a VPN security device. It is quite possible for the internet not to be powerful enough e.g. if she is using bespoke technical software. There may also be security issues. It's a pity this wasn't investigated before she moved in but in all honesty we all think these days that fast internet is available everywhere. Unfortunately this is not the case. It can also be affected by heavy traffic in neighbouring properties.

Neil Robb

21:41 PM, 21st March 2015
About 5 years ago

Hi
If one of my tenants want to go then I let them. The tenant has said they can not manage the payment for the rent. I bet all landlords would love a tenant who is up front and does exactly what your tenant is doing. Instead of long legal battle trying to get your property back and risk it being damaged.

Tell your tenant you will try re let as soon as possible and will not expect any rent once new tenant is in then that's fair.

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