My tenant has signed a 6 month tenancy agreement (I purchased from WH Smiths) 1 September 2014 and as identification used their drivers licence/pay slips. The tenant has paid £120 towards this month rent which is actually £300 pcm - I did this to help the tenant out including the deposit £300... The tenant promised to pay the rest and next month's rent at the beginning of Oct 2014 and sort the deposit out in the next 3 months. However, the tenant has stopped living in the property (Issues with partner who has a separate tenancy agreement) and says they are not pay the owing money. A formal verbal/written notice of cancellation has not been made yet. The tenant wants their driver's licence/payslips back and says coming round to my house today. There has been a threatening behaviour by the tenant and according to other sources the person has a history of violence. 1) Can I withhold the drivers licence as a deposit/money owing? 2) How much money is the tenant liable for in view of the tenancy agreement? 3) Getting the owing money and future tenancy agreement? 4) What are my options now and in the future?
5) My brother was witness to the tenancy agreement being signed - Is this an issue? Your help would be greatly appreciated! Phil Landlord
1) The tenant has not paid the deposit yet so I have got no leverage?
2) Does the tenant have to put in a formal notice of cancellation to the agreement? In view of you advising I should look for another tenant.
3) Regarding question 4. What do I do next regarding cancellation of the tenancy or exercising my rights within the AST?
4) How do I pursue the case if they will not pay?
1) The house keys have not been given back to me yet. What are the next steps? Should I inform the police?
2) I believe the offending tenant has been in/out of the property when the partner has not been in. What problems does this cause?
1) When can I start legal proceedings?