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    I am looking for some advise please, we rented out the family property in order to pay for my Mums care home fees, via a letting agent, unfortunately my mum has now passed away and we are now looking at selling the property. Up to this point we had no concerns or issues with the tenant. The tenant refused to allow the estate agent to take any pictures or show anyone around the property, so we have yet to market the property. We have given notice in line with the 6 months now required by the Government due to Covid and this is up the first week of July.

    We have since discovered the tenant has gone ahead a gotten herself approved as a foster parent and has twin 14 year old girls in the property, We have not given (nor the retail agency) consent for foster children, we found out by accident as the tenant wanted to change foster agencies and the NEW agency asked for permission to which we refused as we had given her notice.

    She is showing no signs of moving out, what do we need to do after the tenancy notice period comes to an end. We don't think her current foster agency are aware she is living in a rented property without consent and I understand this to be a breach in her foster licence?

    #2
    Originally posted by EllisJ View Post
    I am looking for some advise please, we rented out the family property in order to pay for my Mums care home fees, via a letting agent, unfortunately my mum has now passed away and we are now looking at selling the property. Up to this point we had no concerns or issues with the tenant. The tenant refused to allow the estate agent to take any pictures or show anyone around the property, so we have yet to market the property. We have given notice in line with the 6 months now required by the Government due to Covid and this is up the first week of July.
    Your tenant is entitled not to grant access for viewings (or pretty much any reason).
    Your notice won't bring the tenancy to an end, and you may need to go to court to regain possession.

    It is possible to sell the property with a tenant in situ, and there are companies who specialise in buying them.

    We have since discovered the tenant has gone ahead a gotten herself approved as a foster parent and has twin 14 year old girls in the property, We have not given (nor the retail agency) consent for foster children, we found out by accident as the tenant wanted to change foster agencies and the NEW agency asked for permission to which we refused as we had given her notice.
    Unless your tenancy agreement has some kind of provision for this kind of issue, what makes you think that permission was necessary?
    Having foster children is a normal activity, and there's no reason why being a tenant should stop anyone doing it.

    She is showing no signs of moving out, what do we need to do after the tenancy notice period comes to an end. We don't think her current foster agency are aware she is living in a rented property without consent and I understand this to be a breach in her foster licence?
    The next step, assuming your notice is correct and you wish to remove your tenant, is to go to court and request a possession order, and, if the tenant then doesn't leave, to instruct bailiffs to remove her.

    She is not living in the property "without consent" (as far as I can see) and her licence is not really any of your business (again, as far as you can see).

    You may want to seek professional assistance with the possession process, as, unless you know what you are doing, it can seem a complicated and stressful process.
    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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      #3
      With the huge pay some fostering agencies pay per child I would be asking the Tenant if she wants to buy the house.
      My views are my own - you may not agree with them. I tend say things as I see them and I don't do "political correctness". Just because we may not agree you can still buy me a pint lol

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        #4
        Originally posted by landlord-man View Post
        With the huge pay some fostering agencies pay per child I would be asking the Tenant if she wants to buy the house.
        Totally agree.... i meet a lot of foster parents as part of my job and the going rate is around the £500 per child/per week !!! I am sure you can do the math. The more dysfunctional families we have.... the more the tax payer spends.

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          #5
          The tenant has offered to buy the house £150k below the estimated value!

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            #6
            Originally posted by EllisJ View Post
            The tenant has offered to buy the house £150k below the estimated value!
            If there's an executor, that would seem to conflict with their duty to maximise the value of the estate...
            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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              #7
              Originally posted by EllisJ View Post
              The tenant has offered to buy the house £150k below the estimated value!
              What a generous individual they are !!!

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