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    Tenants moving in on different dates?

    Hi
    I am letting my 1 bed flat to a couple, but unfortunately the girl has suddenly had to go abroad due to death of a relative and is now away the next two weeks. The couple wanted to move in by 15th November (while she is still away).
    I have received Tenancy Application forms from them, and seen her passport etc before she left, and have a photocopy of it too, so I am in the position to run Credit Checks. The boyfriend is 100% responsible for rent as she doesn't work, but I am doing a credit check on both of them.

    I was wondering can the boyfriend sign the AST for himself and move in on the 15th, and she sign and move in when she is back on the 27th? Or do I have to do both at the same time? He says she can sign and scan the document and email it to me, however I'm not sure if I have to witness her signing it?

    Also, I'm unsure how to proceed with inventory and check-in etc, if it's just the boyfriend there initially. Unless I make him solely responsible for everything?!

    Any advice would be great. Other than that they seem a lovely couple and have been trying to help in any way possible.

    I could ask them both to wait till the 27th, but it just means I will be loosing out on rent.

    Thanks

    #2
    Just to continue the above.
    The AST would be a Joint Tenancy Agreement between them. So would they be able to move in on separate dates and sign on separate dates?

    Thanks, K

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      #3
      OK, I think I've sorted this now!!

      If I Start the Tenancy Agreement with the guy, and when his girlfriend is back in the country I can then add her name to that tenancy agreement too and get her to sign, obviously with the consent of her boyfriend. So then it will be a joint tenancy between the two of them.

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        #4
        Create a joint T for both on single AST to commence on 15th. On the signatures page, list him as first T, which he will sign and date on 15th. List her as 2nd T, which she can sign and date on return, you, as LL, sign and date on 15th.
        Add space for Winess signature for each of Ts and LLs signature

        eg <Tenant 1 name> in block capitals or typed
        Sginature .................. <Date signed> (15/11/2013)
        Witnessed by <Name> of <postal address> <date witnessed>

        <Tenant 2 name> in block capitals or typed
        Sginature .................. <Date signed> (25/11/2013)
        Witnessed by <Name> of <postal address> <date witnessed>

        <LL name> in block capitals or typed
        Sginature .................. <Date signed> (15/11/2013)
        Witnessed by <Name> of <postal address> <date witnessed>

        I would suggest you use a friend, relative or neighbour to witness LL & T signatures
        Thus you should have a joint T agreement for both Ts from 15th as AST commences when first T moves in.

        Unless others disagree?

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          #5
          Yes, but g/f may decline to sign & there's nothing you can do about it, which might make life interesting if there is later court action. Don't think there is a watertight solution.
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
            Yes, but g/f may decline to sign & there's nothing you can do about it, which might make life interesting if there is later court action.
            But would that be the end of the world though? The issue of having a partner move in to a tenanted property (ie, does the partner need to be on the tenancy agreement or not) is a bit of an FAQ on this forum; and most people don't seem to think it matter to much? For the benefit of the OP what would the worst case scenario be?

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              #7
              Mariner Thank you for your reply, that's a massive help! I will add all that to the last page of the agreement and get my boyfriend to witness.
              I'd be very surprised if g/f didn't sign, they are trying to be as helpful as possible, and she offered to visit me to sign it the afternoon she left, although it was short notice and I wasn't able to meet her. If not at least the guy is the earner and his name will be on the agreement. Interesting point though.
              Thank you all for your comments and help.

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