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Councils encouraging sitting tenants

From: Tristan
Date: 03 Jan 2003
Time: 17:54:24
Remote Name: 193.117.23.129

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I have a tenant (renting a room) that I inherited when buying my house from a relative. I have given him 2 months to leave the property, which is due to expire shortly.

My tenant saw the council who's response was simply don't worry you won't have to leave until your landlord has taken him to court, this is despite my tenant actually wanting to be re-housed by the council.

I gave the tenant an assured shorthold tenancy agreement prior to me buying the property & although not actually signed he has used this agreement to claim housing benefit following an accident leaving him unable to work.

He has told me that he won't look for anywhere else to live but wait for the council to give him a flat, which I presume they will only do following a court posession order - I was obviously hoping to avoid this.

Anyone else encountered a situation like this or can offer some advice?

The tenant is a friend of the family who I agreed could stay on out of kindness... there's a moral to this story about friends and business!!!


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