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    Useful information which may be requested from new posters

    Many new threads, irrespective of the actual question(s) asked, require some basic knowledge of the original contract (Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement or AST). To avoid similar questions needing to be being asked by different advisers, a list of common questions has been agreed by a number of regular forum members:

    Q1 – Where is the rented property located (England / Wales / Scotland / N Ireland)?

    Q2 – What type of Tenancy Agreement (TA) is this e.g. sole tenant / multiple tenant / room only?

    Q3 – What date did current TA start dd/mm/yy?

    Q4 – How long was initial fixed term (6/12/24 months / other)?

    Q5 – Does the TA state that rent is due weekly? / 4-weekly? / per calendar month (if so, on what same date each month)?

    Q6 – Did the TA require a tenant damage deposit to be paid? If so, on what date was this paid (dd/mm/yy)?

    Q7 – If your query relates to a notice for repossession from the landlord (a Section 8 or Section 21 notice) or a tenants's notice to quit to the landlord, please provide the exact date the notice was sent/received (dd/mm/yy).

    Q8 – Does the landlord live in the same property as the tenant?

    Information should be anonymous, so do not name individuals / Companies.

    Please provide precise dates.

    If your question concerns a particular provision of your tenancy agreement, please quote the relevant clause(s) exactly.

    The list above is not exhaustive; there may be further questions to clarify your answers.

    It would be advantageous for new thread starters to cut & paste, then answer these FAQs as fully as possible, as part of their initial post.

    This post should only be linked to where there is a real relevance, it is not intended to be used in all cases, there will be times where the questions / answers have little relevance to the specific issue.
    I also post as Mars_Mug when not moderating

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  • What happens when furlough ends?
    by JK0
    A worrying thought has occurred to me tonight. If furlough ends on 30th April, as I believe it's meant to, are we going to find loads more tenants unable to pay their rent?

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    23-01-2021, 19:40 PM
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    by JK0
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  • Reply to What happens when furlough ends?
    by Perce
    It will be extended again under pressure.
    23-01-2021, 20:47 PM
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    by Hudson01
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    by Hudson01
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