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    Tenant Moved out lodgers remain whats the next step for Landlord

    My tenant has moved out 1mth prior to the end of a 6mth ast ending, leaving 2 relatives who are lodgers.
    the ast was due to expire 1st march. i had served a sec 21 to gain possession coinciding with the end of the fixed ast.

    How do i deal with remaining lodgers who the tenant informs me need to stay a further 4 weeks.
    I have now a new tenant who wishes to move in in 4weeks.
    What steps can i take to make the lodgers move out, as i am sure they will stay as long as they can?
    :^)

    #2
    Have you ever accepted rent from these lodgers? Do you live in the same building?

    Did the tenant sign a Deed of Surrender (highly recommended).



    Freedom at the point of zero............

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      #3
      The rent was paid up until the 1st march by the tenant, never taken rent from lodgerst.
      No i dont live in the same building.
      Tenant hasnt signed a deed of surrender, but they have moved out and are renting somewhere else.

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        #4
        Explain to tenant that until you get the place back, with keys, everybody gone, he (HE!) the named tenant remains liable for rent. And if he evicts them & signs a deed of surrender you will return some of the rent....

        Otherwise I fear you have a long wait... and plodding through the courts....
        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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          #5
          The other lesson is that
          given the legal framework (or should we say legal mess) within which you are running your rentals
          never give new tenants any sort of commitment, and certainly don't sign a tenancy agreement
          until your last tenants are physically OUT.

          This will mean larger void periods, and if you operate (as I do) with fairly short tenancies (1 year on average)
          you should increase your rents by 15% or so to compensate.

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            #6
            The notice that you gave the tenant doesn't end the tenancy.
            They haven't actually managed to move out (they've simply rented another property and failed to end their existing tenancy).
            They may not appreciate this and will need persuading that this is the case.

            If you know where they are renting I would write to them to confirm that this is the case, making it clear that you will make sure that you will be paid in full for the period that the tenancy continues and any legal fees that you incur evicting his lodgers (which will be £280 as soon as the s21 notice expires and increase thereafter).
            When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
            Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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              #7
              thanks for the advice , but obviously i haven't asked the potential new tenant to sign anything or hand over any deposit.
              i wouldn't want to try and edge my bets and just hope they'll leave and bag a new tenant asap. i Intend to wait until they're out
              before i proceed with any new tenant.
              My mess has been brought about due to a family arrangement going wrong and the main tenant leaving because they'd had enough.
              Even though they may stay put for now i still have to advertise and look for prospective tenants.

              It would help me if you could say the best course of action for this situation and removing lodgers.
              thanks

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                #8
                Originally posted by comarki View Post
                It would help me if you could say the best course of action for this situation and removing lodgers.
                Read Post #4 and Post #6 again.

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