right here we go:
we've been renting our flat out for the past year and a half. first year ended badly due to a shitty tenant not paying rent on time, leaving the flat in a shitty state and stealing stuff when they vacated - not to mention the letting agents being awful.
second tenant, seemed much better. paid rent on time, kept the place clean, met her on a couple of occasions (when fitting a new oven) and she was kind and pleasant and has 2 young children (both under 5)
we gave a section 21 notice with 2 months on it for her to vacate as we need to move back in.
the missus had visited the property (about 2 weeks ago) since then and saw her stuff being packed, so we assumed all was going ahead as would be expected.
we collect the keys yesterday (the moving out date) go to take some stuff over and check the flat out only to find she is still there
turns out she contacted the lettings agents when we handed the section 21 notice and told them she may not be able to leave by that date. apparently she needed to do this in writing to the agency, but never did. despite the agents knowing this, they never told us.
the section 21 notice has now expired and we are now applying for 'accelerated possession' of our property.
she is refusing to leave as she says she cannot arrange another property to move to. her guarantor has relinquished their position and she doesnt have another, so cant get another rental without one.
we've been told that the council have told her to stay put until she is evicted and they find her alternative council housing.
i'm posting this as a warning to anyone thinking of renting property out.
we are lucky enough to have somewhere to stay in the mean time, but had we been renting/come to then end of occupancy on where we are staying, things would have been very different (i have a very kind mother in law)
we only did it to help save some money, but its been the most stressful year aside from all the other shit that's happened. this just tops it off.
i'm frustrated with the lettings agents and frustrated with the tenant. all i want is to get back to OUR flat so MY family can live in the flat WE work hard to keep over OUR heads.
what the f*ck is wrong with people today?! i cant help but feel we may have just been very unlucky. but at the same time, i think this is happening more and more. people constantly screwing other people over.
feel free to discuss/comment/argue/converse politely/ or just read and take heed.
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