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    My first tenant may be moving out ?

    Good morning all,

    I only have one property which is a 2 bed flat just over the road from my house. My first tenant and her boyfriend have been great tenants but i have now heard that they have split up , she can not afford the property on her own so is considering giving notice, the tenancy went to periodic 6 months ago so its only 1 months notice that she needs to give. If she does give this notice (in writing), then apart from a move out date which we will need to agree, what other things should i be considering to make the re-letting of the flat easy when i go off to my local YourMove to re-let the flat ? I have not used an agent before as i know the tenant and her father so it was an easy first let. The rent due date is the 15th of the month so the next rent is due on the 15th of Dec, if she gives notice before this date then i assume she will be out prior to the next due date, ergo i need to get a move on and get it advertised. Would you normally get the ball rolling with the re-let whilst the tenant is still in situ ?

    Any help much appreciated.

    #2
    I would arrange for an inspection so you can see what needs painting or repairing for the next tenant. At the same time discuss the moving out date with the tenant. Be sensitive and don't seem pushy. Don't forget to say you'll give her an excellent written reference should a landlord ask you for one. Explain that the deposit is with the DPS or where ever you've put it and that it might take as long as two weeks for them to repay it and stress that you don't actually have it - gove rules etc.

    I would wait until she actually gives you notice before advertising and be sure to arrange viewings with her, especially of she lets you show people round when she is out.

    I always wait until the tenant has moved out before agreeing to another tenancy just incase the tenant can't move out for some reason. So if you aagree to another tenant moving in on XX date it will be provided the first T has moved out.

    Personally I wouldn't use an agent - it's easy to find a tenant yourself. That's just my opinion - others may disagree.

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      #3
      I have Tenants due to move out on the 12th Jan 2015 and I've already informed them that I'll be advertising the property (via an Agent Tenant Find only service) during December and may need to conduct some viewings during that time. This was fine by them, I'll be very reasonable. Everyone understands the place may not look its best while Tenants are still in there, but this is a calculated risk. I've already instructed the Agent and I've asked them to make sure it says it will be available from 1 week after the current Tenants are set to leave... therefore I have a bit of leeway if anything happens / needs to happen. These guys are students so I'm not expecting it will be pristine when it's handed back, although they've been given the CHECK-OUT document I will go through with them on the day they depart.

      I do not think it is reasonable for me to plan for a new Tenant to move in the day after the old Tenant departs, or for them to pass each other in the corridor. I want to spend a bit of time getting it shipshape and I even contemplated not allowing viewings until the current Tenants left, however, that might prove to be more of a challenge and leave a longer void.

      The positive thing is that it provides an easy way to get more rent... the Agent has suggested an asking price that is £125 more per month than the current rent. May be ambitious, but I think more than the current rent will be achieved unless I'm unlucky.

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        #4
        Thanks for that, because i am new to all this i don't mind using an agent to just find the tenant and i will then mamage the property after this (as i have done with this one). Do i inform the council tax people as well when she actaully moves out and ensure that she has paid in full the electric (there is no gas) and they also have talktalk internet/phone etc. Cheers.

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          #5
          All part of the CHECK-OUT, take readings... you ensure you inform the Council but they can too... ensure there are no existing contracts for things like communications.

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            #6
            I'd advise to do the viewings yourself so you can meet the prospective tenants beforehand if that's possible.
            "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

            What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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              #7
              Hudson, if T gives NTQ during SPT, there is no need to agree a move-out date, her vacating date is the NTQ expiry date, provided min 1 cal month given. Personally I would use SPT rules to end the T at end of a T period ie NTQ in writing given by 14th Dec, move -ot date is 14 Jan, thus avoiding any rent rebate due.
              What about b/f, was he listed as a T or is he still living in property? Make it clear to her that b/f must vacate by same date, to end the T. Do not accept rent from either after NTQ expiry date.
              Do move out inspection after the 14 Jan, but do not sign/promise any applicant a move in date until avail for occupation.

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                #8
                Hi, good idea about being there for the viewings .... I work shifts so that is fine. The boyfriend is on the tenancy so thats ok and he has gone now anyway. I would like the NTQ to be the 14th to make it easy, but i guess that is up to her.... Given its a joint tenancy does the ex BF also need to sign it ?

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                  #9
                  From when they are periodic, any joint tenant may serve NTQ - without even informing the other joint tenants:

                  As confirmed by the Supreme Court last month..
                  http://www.blakemorgan.co.uk/trainin...ce-quit-joint/
                  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
                    Thanks for all the advice..... Still no visit ! Lets hope they have an xmas kiss and makeup, they are great tenants !

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