What use is an AST any more?

by Readers Question

9:37 AM, 3rd June 2019
About A year ago

What use is an AST any more?

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What use is an AST any more?

Being a battered Landlord, I have endured most of the problems that we all read about on these Property118 pages.

In 6 days time my latest section 21 notice expires and I am bracing myself for what comes next. Will the tenant go or what?

This raises my point. The tenant owes 5 months rent and now his next move after sec 21.

I thought an AST was a legal document.

But for what good?

Regards Ken



Comments

Frustrated

11:26 AM, 3rd June 2019
About A year ago

My thoughts exactly and no doubtably that of thousands of other landlords across the UK. The AST is there only to protect the tenant. Not ourselves.
I ve had it with the tenants being given free legal advice by Shelter solicitors & CAB so to strengthen their disputes at Tenancy Deposit Protection and Small Claims. Then when I/we do win a claim, the award is eroded by fair wear and tear, etc. Kitchen vinyl flooring only laid 14 months ago, found to be burnt and ripped at the end of a 12 month tenancy. I am awarded 50% of the replacement cost !!!
This amongst other items to be claim which are all in excess of the deposit, then need to be challenged at a SC hearing against the guarantor.
More good money after bed.

Chris @ Possession Friend

9:42 AM, 4th June 2019
About A year ago

Ken,
As soon as 2 months rent is outstanding ( the day after ! ) you should serve a Section 8 Notice, 14 clear days. If you had, the tenant would have been to court and been evicted by now.
http://www.PossessionFriend.uk

kenneth loughran

15:12 PM, 4th June 2019
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Frustrated at 03/06/2019 - 11:26
hi chris The last time I issued a section 8 .it cost me an arm and a leg.The tenant told an unbelievable pack of lies .The judge even said that I could end up paying the tenants costs. also the tenant set fire to the house.What a mess. I was billed by tenants solicitors £7650 . Which caused further nightmares. Before they where found out.So section 21 was the easy way KEN.

Dr Richard Holland

8:08 AM, 5th June 2019
About A year ago

Why not use a section 8 more than 8 weeks /two months rent arrears action two weeks after serving judge has to give you possession as long as you served correct documents at start of AST
I see your comments on tenant which I dont see how they can . Section 8 is the route I have used many times before with no hitch. Sounds like you have a bad one hear

kenneth loughran

13:58 PM, 5th June 2019
About A year ago

HI Richard ,point taken .This morning things have changed .Tenants mother rang my agent and requested .That as her son was going into hospital and unable to remove his furniture.So if he paid one months rent,could I extend the section 21 until july,? PLUS keep his deposit but wipe out his arreas of 5 months and not persue the arreas in court later. Of course the answer was no.I am now waiting next move KEN.


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