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    Advice needed with potential tenant

    Hi to all,
    I am new here and I hope to get some good advices.
    I have a flat in East grinstead which I am looking to let.
    A potential tenant from China with her son , they both have resident permit and is willing to pay 6 month in advance for the whole term of the contract.
    Unfortunately she doesn't have job and can't go with the normal check in process with all the relavent references.
    Her cousin that lives in the UK and the cousin husband who is from UK willing to give guarantees .
    Would you rent them? is there a problem if after 6 month when the contract ends and I want to remove them ?
    Hope to hear from someone
    Thanks
    Alon

    #2
    I suspect these are indoor gardeners. Don't touch them.

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      #3
      We assume you are new to letting.

      Your question "Would you rent them?" Answer is either yes or no"
      My answer is no.

      1) don't do it.
      2) She has no job.
      3) Please tell us why out of 60 million people in the U.K. why you want to consider ONLY people not from the U.K. ?
      4) After 6 months don't expect her rent to be paid by the Government
      5) You can remove tenants for not paying rent.
      6) try getting the rent from the guarantor if she does not pay, you my find that difficult.
      7) go back to number 1) and read again.

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        #4
        If you are unsure, decline.
        You are about to let a valuable property to someone - if you have any doubts, you should heed them.
        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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          #5
          Thank you for those answers and Yes I am new to the letting world.

          I was just reading about section 21 and as per my understanding in the 4 month period I can give a 2month head notice and that will make sure they leave? or am I wrong?
          Is it difficult the presigure of removing tenants with section 21?

          We have 16 flats in the building 2 are already let but its going more slowly then what we expected therefore I was considering her...

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            #6
            If you are planning on having 16 tenants I would join one of the landlord associations and do some training.

            When you give notice to someone, they may not leave and you would need to go to court to evict, which can take several months.
            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
              No............
              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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                #8
                Originally posted by EG151 View Post
                Is it difficult the presigure of removing tenants with section 21?
                The link below shows how long it can take to evict a tenant.

                http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...ess-statistics

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                  #9
                  Alright all noted thanks for the help!!
                  Which landlord landlord associations you guys recommend ?

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                    #10
                    My experience with tenants who sound exactly like yours has been great (many times over). Depends why they are in the UK - their papers should tell you that. Go with your gut. I agree that if you have doubts you should heed them, but what is quite apparent from this forum is that when there are grave doubts (indeed cacophonies of alarm bells, benefits, housing benefits, sub-lettings, no significant money in the bank) some landlords proceed anyway and get duly burned.

                    I would not assume that about these tenants without other information. Many tenants think it will be a great thing if they offer a lot of rent upfront. The reasons they are making such an offer is not necessarily bad.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by EG151 View Post
                      I was just reading about section 21 and as per my understanding in the 4 month period I can give a 2month head notice and that will make sure they leave? or am I wrong?
                      Is it difficult the presigure of removing tenants with section 21?
                      .
                      It isnt easy - but they only have 6 months resident permits so they may be easier to get out that other tenants.

                      What reason have they given for being here?

                      I would have offered to pay up front for my student child if I hadnt known how that would be received, it doesnt necessarily imply that they wish to be involved in drugs in any way..

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                        #12
                        The 6 months in advance can seem like security and that can be exactly what they are trying to do. The reality is that they might have no intention to either pay or move after the 6 months. They know the system extremely well and as such, count on you being a new landlord making the small mistakes that can mean that your attempts to evict them can take much longer than 4 months. At worse, you could end up with no rent for 6 months or longer and not being able to get anything after you have evicted them because she or her guarantor has nothing to give you if you took them to court. Add to that potential damage and it could end up a very costly affair, just because you thought you were safe with 6 months rent.

                        Of course, they could be totally legitimate people, who will be diligently after 6 months and be model tenants.

                        It's up to you whether you want to take the first tenant that comes with an offer or wait for someone who on paper appear less risky.

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