Rent arrears after leaving Joint tenancy(Rolling)

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    Personal anecdote, I had a similar situation (as landlord) where the letting agents never told me they received a valid NtQ from one tenant until it was way too late, then claimed it never killed the original joint tenancy anyways. It went all the way to the Ombudsman (TPO) and in their preliminary opinion they also supported the letting agents‘ position - I then asked for internal review and eventually the final decision was in my favour with the letting agent having to cover the losses I incurred.

    This was a large national branch of letting agents; my point being - neither them nor the Ombudsman adjudicator seemed to have been aware of the Monk decision. Appalling - but in the end I got my justice. So I‘m not surprised to hear your story. Just hold firm.


      It's a completely unrealistic view to believe.
      If the letting agents were right tens (maybe) hundreds of thousands of people would be trapped in completely impossible to end tenancies.

      People die, fall out, dovorce, vanish or emigrate all the time - which would leave their joint tenants stuck, potentially forever, never able to end their tenancy.
      And yet there is no evidence of the massive number of tenancies that would have to exist for the letting agent's view to be correct.

      A simple reality check is all that's required - there's no need for the letting agents to know property case law.
      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).


        jpkeates totally agree. What really surprised me though was that the TPO assessor (a guy who works as a housing consultant for a council by the way!) didn't know.


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