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    Hi,

    On the 16 April we rented our flat above us for 6 months on a Short Assured tenancy to a single guy who claimed to be an A&E consultant in the local hospital. The monthly rent was £850 per month, and a deposit of one and a half time the monthly rent was required. He paid £300 cash and told us he would transfer the remaining deposit and rent (£1825) into our account that morning. It didn't arrive and still hasn't. He had given us photocopies of a standing order he set up to pay us our monthly rent but we now know that it was never properly implemented.

    On Thursday he was arrested. He has been charged for burglary, admitting offences in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. He is in custody until his court appearance at the beginning of June and we expect he will be sentenced to several months. The police are going to hand us back our keys. Needless to say he is not a doctor!

    On Thursday we served him with a 'Notice seeking possession of a property let on a short tenancy', under section 8 of the 1988 Housing Act, stating court proceeding would begin after 24th May.

    We want to get rid of his things and rent out the flat again ASAP. Is there anything else we can do to speed up this process? What do we do with his possessions? Can we now go ahead and change the locks as we don't know who he may have given a copy of the keys to? Any advice gratefully received please.
    Last edited by luciacatriona; 15-05-2007, 14:01 PM.

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    Originally posted by luciacatriona View Post
    Hi,

    On the 16 April we rented our flat above us for 6 months on a Short Assured tenancy to a single guy who claimed to be an A&E consultant in the local hospital. The monthly rent was £850 per month, and a deposit of one and a half time the monthly rent was required. He paid £300 cash and told us he would transfer the remaining deposit and rent (£1825) into our account that morning. It didn't arrive and still hasn't. He had given us photocopies of a standing order he set up to pay us our monthly rent but we now know that it was never properly implemented.

    On Thursday he was arrested. He has been charged for burglary, admitting offences in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. He is in custody until his court appearance at the beginning of June and we expect he will be sentenced to several months. The police are going to hand us back our keys. Needless to say he is not a doctor!

    On Thursday we served him with a 'Notice seeking possession of a property let on a short tenancy', under section 8 of the 1988 Housing Act, stating court proceeding would begin after 24th May.

    We want to get rid of his things and rent out the flat again ASAP. Is there anything else we can do to speed up this process? What do we do with his possessions? Can we now go ahead and change the locks as we don't know who he may have given a copy of the keys to? Any advice gratefully received please.

    The police have suggested that they will hand back the keys to our property as the tenant has admitted giving false information and not paying the required deposit and rent.

    Do we still need to get a court repossession order before entering the property and changing locks?

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    • #3
      What on earth

      What on earth possessed you to take a tenant and give him keys without (a) taking up references and credit checks and (b) without receiving the money ??

      Perhaps the only repossession you should be doing is of your senses !!
      Any information or opinion given in this post is based only on my personal experience, what I have learned from this, other boards and elsewhere. It is not to be relied on. Definitive advice is only available from a Solicitor or other appropriately qualified person. E&OE

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      • #4
        Originally posted by pippay View Post
        What on earth possessed you to take a tenant and give him keys without (a) taking up references and credit checks and (b) without receiving the money ??

        Perhaps the only repossession you should be doing is of your senses !!

        I hardly think this is the advice this person is seeking.
        Ambition is Critical

        I don't profess to be a knowledge in all areas, my advice is based on life experience.

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