2 week notice from tenants??

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    2 week notice from tenants??

    I have been renting out a property to friends, I gave them a year long tenancy agreement last may which they never signed but verbally they were given the property until their circumstances bettered and were In a position to buy or rent elsewhere. They constantly wanted reassurance that they would not lose the house before they were ready, which I repeatedly gave even just 6 weeks ago. Am I in the wrong now for expecting a months notice? They are trying to give less then half this which I feel isn't adequate. Any advice greatly appreciated.

    #2
    Don't rent to friends.

    Always have signed agreements.

    Let them go - how could you prove anything to judge if it go to court?

    Have you bothered with reporting income to tax man, gas safety certificate, landlord insurance etc etc?
    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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      #3
      Deej1981,

      Do you care about keeping these people as friends?

      Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post

      Let them go - how could you prove anything to judge if it go to court
      It would be pretty easy, unless their fixed term ended on expiry of the notice.
      I don't believe a judge is likely to believe the tenants had an 8 month tenancy.
      Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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        #4
        Walk away and move on. Your choice whether you remain friends.

        Letting is a tough game and you have to accept it

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          #5
          I've got landlord insurance, consent to lease mortgage, gas safety etc Unfortunately the friendship has gone, and lessons have been learnt! I just hoped a verbal contract and unsigned but written up tenancy agreements would be enough to get the months notice.

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            #6
            Ps yes I am paying tax on the income too.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Deej1981 View Post
              I gave them a year long tenancy agreement last may which they never signed but verbally they were given the property until their circumstances bettered and were In a position to buy or rent elsewhere. They constantly wanted reassurance that they would not lose the house before they were ready, which I repeatedly gave even just 6 weeks ago. Am I in the wrong now for expecting a months notice? They are trying to give less then half this which I feel isn't adequate. Any advice greatly appreciated.
              Normally they'd expect to be tied in for the full year, so you gave them a very favorable arrangement. Even with that, they should be giving you a month's notice, and by rights that should apply from a rent day, ie depending on the day of the month that 1 months' notice could end up being almost two.

              So no, you're not in the wrong expecting this. However if they dig their heels in how far are you willing to push it - court, ultimately?

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                #8
                I'd smile sweetly and agree. Get them to put it in a letter. Advertise it immediately on Gumtree. Then tell them you've got somebody who's interested and can they view? Ask if you can come and measure up for a new kitchen, blinds, carpets etc.

                It's so nice to be childish sometimes.

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                  #9
                  What sort of reference do you think you might provide?
                  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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                    #10
                    I provided a good reference, lied and said they always paid on time and had no pets but I did this as I thought the house they were moving to was only available from February/march time and they were friends so I was happy to help.

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                      #11
                      Two wrongs...
                      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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                        #12
                        Yes I know, no more favours for 'friends', lessons are being learnt!

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