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  1. Hello, If someone can please advise- my actual end date for the lodger's agreement is 28th August. I plan to move out all my stuff by around 25th and spend the next day or so to clean the place. Now the letting agent sent me an email to say that they need to carry out a check-out inspection on 24th or 25th as they do not work on 28th. That involves them taking pictures of all items to see if there are any damages. I am not comfortable with this as I don't have time to clear and clean the place by then. I am very pushed with time as I work as well on top of trying to pack my stuff. Is it legal that they can demand checking out and inspecting 3 or 4 days before the actual end date? I told them I could be there on 28th evening if needed (as I need to work that day during day time) or else I am happy to surrender my keys to the landlord who lives downstairs on 28th and come back for the inspection on 29th as by then everything would have moved out and I would have cleaned the place. Please and please advise. I feel that they are not being fair. Regards, Maisy
  2. Thanks Melboy. through speaking to the remaining female tenant her father is renting as well and she is not originally from this country although she has been working here for the last 9 years and has a UK resident ID. I don't think she can supply me with any guarantor (as I thought they have to be an individual home owner of the UK?). If I decide to continue with her (she does seem genuine and I think she is in distress as well with a young child) is there anything I need to be aware if to proceed with her getting HB? I have no experience in this sector as my previous tenants are all working and didn't require benefit. How likely will council stop payment or late for payment so I may be at risk of arrears? I am just a bit concerned with this.
  3. Thanks very much. I will call the local council to verify what she told me today in regards to the rate etc. She said the council will need a letter from me to confirm her partner had left (today she gave me back the keys which I gave him at the beginning of the tenancy) so the the council can start housing benefit to help her. The council also told her I don't need a new tenancy and the current joint tenancy (with her partner's name on it) should be fine so long as I confirm that her partner had left (and it appeared to me he had). The council also advised her that by the 12 months fixed terms finished I could consider renew with her a sole tenancy. Is the information she got correct? In any event I will give the council a call to check. If anyone have any additional advice kindly let me know. Thanks so much.
  4. Thanks so much. I went to see my tenant today to understand what happened and think I get a better picture that she genuinely got into difficulties- her partner cheated on her and left for another woman after 1.5 months into this tenancy so she is now stuck. Her partner now abroad with the other woman and is not planning to return for months. She said the council wants me, the landlord to confirm the partner had left (she gave the keys which I gave him at the beginning of the tenancy) so the the council can start housing benefit to help her. She said she plans to increase the hours of work and her father will try to help her financially if she falls short. She prefers to stay in my property if given the choice (it is very convenient for her son's schooling and nice neighbours). The council told her I don't need a new tenancy and the current joint tenancy (with her partner's name) should be fine so long as I confirm that her partner had left (and it appeared to me he had). The council also advised her that by the 12 months fixed terms finished I could consider renew with her a sole tenancy. Is the information she got correct?
  5. Hi Richlist, Thanks very much for your reply. I have now arranged to see to her tomorrow and speak to her directly. She said she was sorry. I get the impression the guy has possibly moved out. I understand by law the guy is still responsible to pay rent and I tried calling him just now but only to get an answering service. I don't count on the guy will continue to contribute to the rent but since I am still within the fixed term I assume I could hand in Section 21? To make my life easier if she can show me the council will help her and that I will be financially secure, what is the procedure of changing the current tenancy agreement to a single Tenancy agreement? Is this possible at all? I already have my parents failing health issues to deal with so I really just hope this tenancy thing won't make my situation worse and there is a simple way to go forward. Any advice much appreciated.
  6. Hello, I let out my flat to my new tenants 6 weeks ago -an unmarried couple with a child of 6 (he is not the father) on a joint tenancy agreement. The agreement is for a fixed 12 months with 6 months break clause at the beginning. Today I got an email from the woman saying that now she has broken up with her partner. I had been told they had been together for several years. She tells me she had been to the Citizen Advice Bureau and she (a Ukrianian national with UK residency) is entitled to help to pay her rent as she is now a single mother. Currently she works part-time and her previous bank statements show she has been getting child benefit. What are the implications / possible complications to a landlord of letting to someone in this situation? I had stated clearly in my advert that I did not want DSS but professional working couples. I do find it very odd that a couple who were in a stable relationship (as they told me), move in together only to break up less than 2 months into a new tenancy. If she did lie to me then it was a very convincing deception as I did do all the relevant checks and questioned her thoroughly before deciding to go ahead. Please could anyone advise me what is the best course of action? I am beginning to think that the man may have been just a friend who pretended to be the partner in order for her to appear to have the finances to rent the flat. Is it advisable to hand in a Section 21 now? Before I let the property I did specifically asked if they had problem paying rent what they would do. Her reply was that they could always move to their friend's owned property. I just want to ensure I am not being lied to and that I will not lose out financially if she can no longer pay her rent. Could this be a common trick used by people to rent property they cannot afford? Thanks for reading this and really hope to hear any advice soon. Lucina
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