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Tenant rented two bedroom flat from late 2015 and paid no rent from day one.
As the property was going through probate and there were delays with sorting out a solicitor etc, he took advantage of the situation. He lied telling the solicitor he paid the family rent, eventually the solicitor had to go through the lengthy court process in early 2017.
He lived rent free for one year and three months and when asked by the court he lied about paying in cash. When it suits him, him and his wife cant speak English but don't fall for it, they can speak English but say they cant so you have to use a translator – just a delaying tactic.
He presented himself to the local authority asking for housing and they contacted me and I explained the situation. He told them he paid cash but said we did not give him receipts, he was unable to show the withdrawal from his account so I don't think the council will help him so no doubt he or his wife will be trying to rent privately.
Now uploaded onto the Tenant History Database BEWARE this couple are not decent tenants, they just want to live rent free as they think the English law is stupid!
Well they are correct on one point, the English law is stupid, the tenants however are not, at least they think they are not. Just wait 'till the next landlord uses TR.
Your experienced has taught you the importance of deep intense referencing which needs to include the services of LRS. Too many newbies underestimate the importance of this and take far too much on trust. Then, as David says, because English law is stupid the landlord picks up the tab.
Full time experienced landlord & property investment mentor in West Yorkshire.
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