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Last Activity: 06-08-2022, 06:40 AM
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  • That's fine. I don't want to mess anyone about.

    But what is the process if they stay beyond their last day?
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  • They have indeed peeked and they cannot find anywhere else to live. I served S21 in the end and also informed them of the further rent increase in October.

    To try to avoid having to go to court, I was a bit cheeky and said that I could not give a landlord reference if I was essentially...
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  • I have finally learnt (the hard way) that kindness is a one way street. No matter how good the tenant relationship or how under market the rent is, your kindness will be thrown back in your face once you do something that the tenant doesn't like (e.g. rent increase). It is understandable. They have...
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  • I actually find dealing with families more stressful. At least with unrelated sharers, if one loses their job they can leave and find a replacement. Not so with a family unit. In my experience, loss of an income stream (job or through divorce) inevitably leads to pleas of rent reduction, late or no...
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  • Yes it does.



    I have reminded them 5 times in 5 months. Perhaps a tad excessive, but I was doing it for their own good as it always looks better in terms of future housing to leave a place voluntarily than to be evicted. And they were the ones who first said they are leaving....
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  • I am going to change! No more acts of kindness.

    Ideally, I want these tenants to leave. Failing that, I want to charge them full market rent.

    I have just looked online and 2 similar properties nearby are being advertised by letting agents at £600 more than my Sept proposed...
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  • Perhaps I need to clarify the nature of the improvements before everyone assumes that the tenants have been suffering in squalor due to my negligence. I would add that none of the works were specified in the council HMO standards document that I followed.

    1. Block up double doorway between...
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  • Hudson01, I was wondering about that. But if so, wouldn't they just say they have changed their minds and would like to stay? I am baffled that they keep replying that they are leaving as they can't afford to stay, but not actually giving any proper notice.

    The new rent is indeed now below...
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  • You are right, S21 would just aggravate the situation. I just have to be patient. Worst case, if they believe that they have given valid NTQ, and up and leave in Sept, I will still have time to find new tenants before winter sets in.

    Many thanks for your help.
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  • There was no mention of any Housing Act section. It was just an email of what we had discussed at the inspection, what works needed to be done and some recommendations. All quite informal.

    In Islington, like most councils I imagine, once an HMO license is granted, the HMO team do an inspection...
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  • shoobydoo
    started a topic Council improvement notice?

    Council improvement notice?

    In May, I had an unsolicited HMO inspection by the council and the inspector emailed me the various improvements I had to make, we agreed a timeframe of 2 months, and I did the work. House is a shared HMO not room by room.

    Alongside this, I wanted to increase the rent from June, the start...
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