What is the calculation for rent arrears?

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14:37 PM, 3rd September 2020
About 3 weeks ago

What is the calculation for rent arrears?

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What is the calculation for rent arrears?

When it comes to rent arrears – how are they calculated for the purposes of the Mandatory Grounds requirement in a S8 ?

1. Is it the total amount of rent arrears that exceed what the per month x 6 total rent should be? eg One months rent is in total £1k so arrears have to be over £6k OR
2. It is the total amount of rent expected to be paid by the tenant. eg. If benefits pay £900, the tenant is supposed to pay £100 (to match the total £1k rent) then its 6 x £100? or would it still have to be 6 x £1k?

Another question – does anti-social behaviour also include breaching the TA by trashing the house and garden? Surely anti-social behaviour is also anti-good tenant behaviour? Is there a distinction anyone is able to reference to please?

Although I have a S21 ongoing I’m thinking of actually listing the issues plain and simple as I have to fill in the reasons why I will be pursuing this possession when the courts open back up.

Many thanks

Reluctant Landlord


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The Forever Tenant

8:05 AM, 4th September 2020
About 3 weeks ago

When it comes to outstanding rent, if they say 6 months in arrears, they mean 6 months of the entire amount of rent. So in the case above the tenant would only be 6 months in arrears when they owe £6,000. Owing £600 would not even be one month in arrears.

As for anti-social behaviour, thats a tougher one as what is classed as anti-social behaviour is kind of subjective. You say trashing the house and garden, but there could be different levels of that depending on whether those around them are being disturbed.

It's in this case that we will only know the answer until more people try and take it through the courts.


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