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How to prove tenant has left?
22/10/2017
6:37 pm
geek84
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Hi Folks

 

A tenant living in my BTL has left the property without telling me and so now I want the council tax bill to come in my name.  However, the council tax office want proof that the tenant is no longer living in my BTL.

 

Can someone be kind enough to advice how to prove this?

 

Thanks

23/10/2017
10:04 am
David Price
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A deceptively simple question which opens a can of many worms.  A tenant doing a runner does not end the tenancy, you may have to go to court to obtain possession, a lengthy and expensive process. 

Before a reply can be given it is necessary to know if the tenancy was in the fixed period or the periodic period and if the latter whether it was a statutory periodic (the default) or contractual periodic (defined by the AST)?

Why on earth should you wish to pay the council tax when it is possible that the tenant is liable?

31/10/2017
8:08 pm
Amy
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David Price said
A deceptively simple question which opens a can of many worms.  A tenant doing a runner does not end the tenancy, you may have to go to court to obtain possession, a lengthy and expensive process. 

Before a reply can be given it is necessary to know if the tenancy was in the fixed period or the periodic period and if the latter whether it was a statutory periodic (the default) or contractual periodic (defined by the AST)?

Why on earth should you wish to pay the council tax when it is possible that the tenant is liable?  

 

How do you converse with this tenant

By email, i hope? 

I don’t want to keep a tenant that is in monetary trouble,  so i try to help them depart. 

I have in the past managed to connect with one errant tenant by email.   Explaining nicely, that unless i have an email from them saying that they have vacated and on what date. The council tax, utilities etc  will continue in their name and they surely do not want those bills to build up. The tenant turned up and signed a deed of surrender form.  I can rent the property out again . If they are into financial difficulties they are usually afraid to face the landlord in case he threatens with unpaid rent or even worse.   

I have never had to test the email as being legal for closing a utility account or council tax.  

23/11/2017
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