Tenant vacation timeline - how much notice is now required due to coronavirus?

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    #16
    Originally posted by ghk2010 View Post
    Is there anything preventing rent increases at the moment? Perhaps this might force the tenants hand....
    There is a formal process to go through and any increase can be referred to a tribunal to ensure its fair.

    And if the tenant doesn't pay the increased rent (assuming it's a reasonable increase), it will take months for the arrears to build up to the point that it will help you repossess the property.

    A tenant has a whole shedload of rights to make sure that a landlord can't simply chuck them out of their home in the short term because they've suddenly become inconvenient,

    If your tenant isn't co-operative, you are facing months and months of delay.
    You need to be talking to your tenant and, probably, incentivising them to help 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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      #17
      If I were the potential buyer and discovered you hadn't given notice to the tenants I would be pulling out now. I completed on a house purchase in 5 weeks. I think if you have a chance of this sale going through the tenant would need to have moved out within 2 months.
      When I was in a situation where the landlord was selling the house I was in I started looking for a new place immediately, as did the other residents and we were out within 3 months. Given your tenants are still there a year after you informed them of your decision to sell it suggests you may have a difficult and expensive time ahead. Attempting to put the rent up would only make matters worse and the tenants might even agree to an reasonable increase.

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