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    #16
    If the tenancy hasn't ended she will be liable for all the utility bills still as well as council tax probably at full rate due her not being eligible for the full discount. Have you, or she, changed the bills from her name to yours? I hope not.

    I had a tenant move into a house and then change the electricity bill back into my name while she was still living there!

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      #17
      No l have had no contact with her whatsoever. The council tax etc is still in her name.
      Many thanks for your reply.

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        #18
        Robert694,

        Could you make a complaint to the Ombudsman about the Council not helping. (I once made a complaint and was successful)

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          #19
          I'd probably simply retake possession and tell the council and utility companies that she's no longer living there.
          It's not risk free, but it's the most pragmatic thing to do.
          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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            #20
            The council have been most unhelpful.
            Yes l am going to take back possession and re let.
            I will take responsibility for my actions and keep my fingers tightly crossed 🤞

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              #21
              Originally posted by Robert694 View Post
              l suffer from depression and this is making it worse to the point that I have had to up my daily medication.
              Are you sure you're cut out for this game? It can be a very stressful business! If you do decide to re-let, I would suggest some landlord training or you're likely to end up in more hot water.

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                #22
                I’ve managed so far thank you,19 years, but l have never had a tenant do this before. It just doesn’t make any sense to me at all.

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                  #23
                  So yet another sleepless night, head spinning, wondering who is actually in charge of my flats/business, is it the government, council or the tenants ? Think l am.....
                  So I have decided to let the young family move in as they are desperate to get out of the cramped chalet they are living in.
                  l also think that they deserve my flat fat more than the tenant that moved out 4 months ago to live with her new girlfriend, that wasn’t evicted and owes me £4100 to date and continues paying her council tax.
                  Maybe l’m wrong. Maybe l should let the arrears keep increasing, leave the flat empty and abandoned and carry on waking up at at 4am.
                  What would you do?

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Robert694 View Post
                    I’ve managed so far thank you,19 years
                    Originally posted by Robert694 View Post
                    So yet another sleepless night, head spinning, wondering who is actually in charge of my flats/business
                    Yes, but are you sure you're managing now?

                    Originally posted by Robert694 View Post
                    So I have decided to let the young family move in as they are desperate to get out of the cramped chalet they are living in.
                    l also think that they deserve my flat fat
                    That could be out of the frying pan into the fire if you haven't done your homework on these people.

                    The lettings industry has changed beyond all recognition in the last few years and its no longer a place for the well meaning amateur in my view.

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                      #25
                      Thank you and I appreciate your response. I can’t afford to take her to court because of the cost on top of the £4100 arrears and rising weekly at £120.
                      Surely the fact that she moved out by her own choice over 4 months ago and is not homeless should be enough.
                      The whole system is ridiculous !
                      The sooner landlords stand up for themselves and stop being ruled by every other interfering body, the better.
                      We need to take back control of our business before it’s too late.

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                        #26
                        Are you sure she's not trying to get you to illegally evict her?

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by Robert694 View Post
                          I can’t afford to take her to court because of the cost
                          Its a dangerous time for landlords without the financial means to deal with the crisis. I think many should consider selling up.

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by Robert694 View Post
                            Thank you and I appreciate your response. I can’t afford to take her to court because of the cost on top of the £4100 arrears and rising weekly at £120.
                            When a tenant doesn't pay rent (or full rent) it shouldn't represent an actual cost to the landlord.
                            it's planned for income that hasn't materialised, but there should be a fair amount of that figure that's profit.

                            If there's a mortgage on the property, the landlord's loss would be the cost of the interest, which the missing rent would no longer offset.

                            I'm not excusing the tenant - who should obviously pay what they've agreed to pay, but a landlord who can't afford to pay the court fee to evict a tenant isn't in the best place to begin with - how would repairs be paid for?
                            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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                              #29
                              Berlingogirl
                              l honestly don’t know what she is trying to get me to do.
                              l have had no contact with it for over 6 months.
                              l don’t have her number since she changed.
                              l do know where she is living but l am not going anywhere near because if l do then no doubt l would be accused of harassment.

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