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    Taking possession of house

    OK, have served notice and house going on market soon; my tenant’s not able to buy from me (a shame, she would have been able to afford it 12 months ago, but we were in no position to sell), so this almost certainly means a period of the house being empty and me taking possession by Easter. All caveats about whether tenants actually go etc duly noted, but she has been very helpful and cooperative thus far.

    AFAIK I will need to register myself as the payer of council tax and of utilities. Is there anything else I need to be aware of? And what info, if any, do I need from my tenant? I’m assuming I’ll need to ask for proof of payment of their final bills for electricity, phone and internet (and telly, I guess). I won’t need the latter three there after tenants vacate, so I might like to ask her to cancel those, as I assume that will need notice, but I appreciate she is not under any duty to me to do so.

    #2
    Insurance.

    Unless bills in your name (why?) then other than water nothing to do with you

    Without doubt GO THERE after she's gone, inspect and take readings and write (yes, WRITE -keep copies to utilities, council etc.)

    Let us know if she does leave...
    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
      You don't need proof of the payment of the final bills. With the electric, you need to make sure you take reading readings(preferably in her presence), and call the utility company then and there to inform them whoever is taking liability from that point.

      In regards to the phone/internet/TV, if you are not in need of the service, then make sure she has terminated the service.
      Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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        #4
        Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
        Insurance.

        Unless bills in your name (why?) then other than water nothing to do with you

        Without doubt GO THERE after she's gone, inspect and take readings and write (yes, WRITE -keep copies to utilities, council etc.)

        Let us know if she does leave...
        Thanks - yes, I plan to go there at end of tenancy (will be changing locks - tenants trustworthy but been there so long who's to say they haven't given keys at some point to someone less scrupulous!), but hadn't thought of taking readings.

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          #5
          If by some chance a tenant leaves without paying a utility bill, they are not allowed to cut off supply or chase the landlord for payment. The debt is between the utility co and the tenant. That's why it's important to be clear and agree the readings with the tenant and get them to sign the exit inventory to confirm the readings. Ask them to inform the utility co of that reading, but also do it yourself too when you phone to transfer the bill to your name.

          Same applies to Council Tax - you will only be charged from the first day after the tenant moves out, regardless of whether the exiting tenant is up to date with their payments.
          IANAL (I am not a lawyer). Anything I say here is just an opinion, so should not be relied upon! Always check your facts with a professional who really knows their onions.

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            #6
            Please read OP previous posts on same subject !!!!!!!!!!

            http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...-giving-notice

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            http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...archid=1805287

            Originally posted by cloo View Post
            me taking possession by Easter
            Thunderbirds are go

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              #7
              Originally posted by Grrr View Post
              Ask them to inform the utility co of that reading, but also do it yourself too when you phone to transfer the bill to your name.
              Absolutely. When I have tenants leave I usually ask them to post the keys back through the door and let me know when they leave, so I rarely see the tenant face-to-face at that point. So, as well as asking them to phone in the readings to the utility co, I ask the tenant to write them down and leave them in the property, which guards against any mistake having been made with the readings when I go round to check the readings myself.

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