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    Agency Guaranteed Rent, Can you legally contact their tenant

    I currently have a property on a guaranteed rental scheme
    To exit the agreement the agent is saying that I would need to replace the tenant (£325 fee) or pay £750 to keep the existing tenant.
    From a business perspective I am preventing the agent from charging 2x new tenant fees (new tenant and existing tenant).
    I have offered £325 to keep existing tenant, however seems fairly greedy to evict someone for additional fees.

    Am I legally allowed to contact their tenant via the postal service to enable them to remain in the property?
    (I will be changing agent)

    #2

    Yeah, you can write to anyone you like. I suspect agent will be pissed though.

    I believe £325 is the fee for a possession order, which might explain where it comes from.
    To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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      #3
      You can contact the tenant, on the basis that they're not owned by the agent.

      However, the person living in your property is the agent's tenant and can't simply transfer to you, they'd have to give the agent notice (and the agent could demand that they actually moved out).
      And you would have to serve notice on the agent to start the process of ending their contract with you.

      The agent seems to be being quite co-operative.
      They could be very obstructive indeed.
      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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        #4
        Originally posted by jpkeates View Post

        The agent seems to be being quite co-operative.
        They could be very obstructive indeed.
        The agent is removing the tenant as part of the ending of the Scheme.
        I realise this is a moral issue but evicting someone and replacing them for a couple of hundred pounds seems repugnant

        I can simply change agent with limited hassle

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          #5
          If you and the agent are ending your relationship and you want vacant possession, the agent will have to evict the tenant.
          You really don't want to take on the tenant with the agent simply exiting the relationship.

          I don't really seem to see the issue - the occupant is nothing to do with you.
          When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
          Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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            #6
            It would depend if your agreement with agent says anything on the matter
            I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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