8:33 AM, 14th February 2022, About 3 months ago 6
I have a very difficult and combative tenant who is quibbling over my proposed rental increase of just over 3%, at the lower end of current increases. After verbally abusing me, he is now trying to negotiate.
I met him halfway in the negotiations and have suggested an increase of just under 3%. He has not replied to my suggestion.
Should I just go ahead and make the new contract and assume he will sign it?
If he doesn’t, I understand it will go into a rolling tenancy, which won’t suit him as then it will only be one-month reciprocal notice, but would this rolling agreement be at the current rent?
If so, I could just give him notice now, as he is a pain and I can find a better tenant quickly for market rent.
It is now just under two months until the end of the contract. If he doesn’t agree, does he have to leave when the contract ends, or can he give two months’ notice now or at any time?
If he doesn’t pay the increased rent I have put forward for any remaining notice after the existing AST has expired, I could take it from his deposit and see how far he gets with an appeal to MyDeposits. He may be playing for time and planning to give notice just before the current AST expires, and then not pay the increased rent while this notice works through, for two months.
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