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    What to do if Tenants not paying rent due to corona virus?

    I guess quite a few landlords here may be in the same situation that tenants stop paying anything due to corona virus.

    I understand it is a difficult time for everyone. Knowing the fact that Government can pay up to 80% of the salary for anyone affected, it would be OK for me for example if tenants are willing to pay 50% of the rent until the corona virus is over.

    My tenants, however, told me that they got NO job and NO money and they cannot pay anything at all until the difficult time is over.

    It seems very much for me the tenants exploiting the situation to their advantage since the government introduced the new law to protect them from eviction.

    Can anybody give advice of what to do for the landlord in this case? Is it wise to pay the solicitors to handle the case in anyway, or it is better doing nothing and wait until the difficult time is over?

    I wonder what is it in the law to help the landlord in this case if the tenants appears not to be reasonable at all? If the Corona virus is for 3-6 months, there will be the huge amount of rent arrears for the landlord to bear and how we can chase up the tenants for that afterward?


    #2
    Issue s21 notice IIWY.

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      #3
      Thanks. In this case, can I issue it myself or it is better to pay the solicitors to do it on my behalf? It I issue S21 notice myself, is it any standard form of writing I need to follows? Many thanks

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        #4
        Giving tenants a Section 21 notice

        In England, use form 6a if the tenancy was started or renewed after 30 September 2015. You can also write your own Section 21 notice.

        https://www.gov.uk/evicting-tenants/...tion-8-notices

        [I googled... 😂]

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          #5
          sorry im just jumping on the thread.... I thought the government has said that tenants cannot be evicted due to this situation?

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            #6
            They've said tenants can't be evicted for 3 months (so far).

            The whole process takes a lot longer than that from start to finish.

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              #7
              Also serve s8s for each missed, late underpayment
              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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                #8
                There is still Universal Credit

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
                  Also serve s8s for each missed, late underpayment
                  Should I serve both S21 and S8s? Or I should choose only one of them to serve? Many thanks

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                    #10
                    S21, iiwy.

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                      #11
                      I checked on the government website ant it said: quote

                      "You also cannot use a Section 21 notice if you have not given the tenants copies of:
                      I got the tenant through the estate agent. I wrote to them and asked if the Tenants got the documents mentioned above before moving in.
                      The Estate agent told me that he did give the tenant the gas safe certificate but he is not sure about EPC and "how to rent" guide.

                      In this case it does not seem that I can issue S21.

                      Can anybody give the Advice please. Many thanks

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                        #12
                        We are on the same boat. My tenants are friends living together. They were working in gym or restaurant and without income now because of Corvid-19. I do think they are taking advantage of the government new rules not paying rent and had already stopped communication which is really upsetting me. I am first time experiencing it. Let’s discuss and find out a way dealing with them. I am about to write an email saying I can give 50% deferral for three months which needs be all settled before the end of tenancy as at 31 Aug 2020. If they still ignore me and not paying anything, I will have to hire solicitor at least give them the impression that I am serious. Now because of the government’s new rule they having the mindset that there is no damage on them if not paying at least three months....

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                          #13
                          I also have limitation on issuing s21. So I am considering s8 because not paying rent. We will need be careful the timing for issuing different notices to tenants as now the government new rule isn’t very clear. Also, anyone knows what is ‘rent payment holiday” the tenants mentioning to me? As I know, I am not obliged to give them rent payment holiday for three months.They are saying government has issued ‘rent payment holiday” which they want to get and will not affect their credit...that’s non sense, isn’t it

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by lanthth2000 View Post
                            got the tenant through the estate agent. I wrote to them and asked if the Tenants got the documents mentioned above before moving in.
                            The Estate agent told me that he did give the tenant the gas safe certificate but he is not sure about EPC and "how to rent" guide.

                            In this case it does not seem that I can issue S21.

                            Can anybody give the Advice please. Many thanks
                            You can issue the documents now and then serve the s21 notice.
                            I would formally complain to the agent and demand compensation - the EPC requirement isn't new (linking it to s21 is newer).

                            The how to rent guide has to be the right version - contemporary with the start of the tenancy.

                            Originally posted by Walnut88 View Post
                            that’s non sense, isn’t it
                            Yes.
                            They've misunderstood - I'd point that out to them and ask them to check.

                            The problem with a rent "holiday" is that the rent is still owed and the tenant has to pay it back after any holiday ends.
                            I'd seriously question how many people could afford to do that.

                            But there's a reality issue.
                            If someone has no work all of a sudden and they weren't well paid when they did, they probably have no money at all and no way of getting any immediately.
                            If they're going to be evicted because they have no rent, they should talk to their local authority.



                            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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                              #15
                              jpkeates,

                              Thanks so much. My tenants are from HongKong, which one of them is UK passport. So not sure how much they can get from the government and local authority. I am willing to offer help in this tough time, suggesting 50% deferral. But they stopped communicating and not reading my message. In the case, is the S8 only sought and having solicitor involved? I am also worrying they will not leave my place even after the contract ended 31 Aug 2020....

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