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    I had my partners niece lodging in my flat. She has decided to move out to some where else and claims that i owe her 2 weeks money. She cannot find the rent book and i'm sure she was paying in arrears. Am i right in not paying her anything until she has found the rent book and shown it to me?

    Totally. If we take this to an extreme - if it went to court, a judge would expect her to prove what has been paid. You have given her a receipt via the rent book - if she can't provide that receipt, it is her problem.


      As she has a rent book, I assume she pays weekly.
      Did she have the rent book last week?
      Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong


        No she was paying monthly. I took her in as a favour to my partner hence i dind't take a deposit or get her to pay in advance as i have done with lodgers i have had in the past. She was homeless and it was a week or so before her pay day. I haven't seen the rent book since the end of march. When she paid me at the end of april i met her at her mum's to get the money and she was going to leave the book out for me to sign but she didn't. By the way for the time she was living at my flat i was in the process of moving to my partners so was hardly there. I did give her only 2 weeks notice that she had to move out due to other circumstances. But it's not that i don't want to pay her any money back it's just that i don't think that she is due as much as she claims she is. i just want to see the rent book. She threatening to go to a solicitor and getting quite nasty towards my partner so my partner just wants me to pay her what she wants. But having lost my job recently don't want to just give in to her threats and leave myself and family short of money.


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            Get your partner to log the "nastiness", and log it with the police.

            I would tell her in writing what the balance of her rent account is(write a brief statement what you think it is), and leave it with her.

            I am not sure what a solicitor can do for her.
            Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong


              Under these circumstances, surely the tenant has to prove the amount of rent that has been paid. If they pay cash then they should insist on a receipt. If they fail to do this, then that it their problem, and they are unable to prove that their rent is paid up to date or overpaid. I always insist the tenants who must pay in cash pay direct into the bank account which I reserve for rental payments. They then have their record of rental payments which they can use in the event of a dispute. Indeed, I supply them with a counterfoiled paying in book for this purpose. If they can't be bothered to keep this evidence then that is their hard luck! In your case, the (legally unnecessary) rent book fulfilled this purpose - she's lost it - tough!

              Any information given in this post is based on my personal experience as a landlord, what I have learned from this and other boards and elsewhere. It is not to be relied on. Definitive advice is only available from a Solicitor or other appropriately qualified person.


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