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    Moving in a partner to existing tenancy

    I have a tenant on a 6-month AST, whose fixed term is about to end. He wants to stay, on a new 6-month agreement, but has asked to move his girlfriend in, to which I have no objection. I would be grateful for advice on how best to proceed. I assume it would be better for me if she has the status of a joint tenant rather than just an unnamed guest, especially if they were to split up in the future, and the implications that could have?

    Assuming I renew the existing tenancy, in both their names (providing she passes my standard application), Would I be actually ending one tenancy and starting a completely new one? Would I have to refund the existing deposit and have them (jointly) pay a new one? If so I assume that would imply redoing the inventory and checking/charging for any damage; which would be very awkward at this stage and I would really rather avoid? (also difficult to do in practice as it's an unfurnished let, full of all the current tenant's stuff now).

    Any advice on how to make this process as easy as possible would be much appreciated

    #2
    I'd say there is no need to do anything. Just continue to collect rent from the guy, and let tenancy go periodic.

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      #3
      I agree with JKO.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Ericthelobster View Post
        I would be grateful for advice on how best to proceed. I assume it would be better for me if she has the status of a joint tenant rather than just an unnamed guest, especially if they were to split up in the future, and the implications that could have?
        You would have to end the current tenancy and then start a brand new one, with a joint deposit etc.

        I don't think there's any benefit to you in starting a new joint tenancy.
        If the couple do split up they both have a right to be there, and now, only he does.
        Which makes things nice and simple if they do split up.

        I'd allow the girlfriend as a guest on a periodic tenancy and see how things pan out.

        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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          #5
          We had exactly the same situation when an existing tenant wanted to move her boyfriend in. She's a great tenant and, rather than risking doing checks on him and finding out he wasn't good on paper, we decided to just leave her responsible for the tenancy. We did increase the rent which she was totally happy to do. Things have been absolutely fine since.

          It meant that we could ignore the deposit and a new AST with all the hassle that involves and just let things roll on. Easy peasy. We did inform insurance company that we had an extra resident. They weren't bothered and were happy with premium as is.

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