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The house is 3 bedrooms, 2 are where the 3 children sleep and the other is where the mother sleeps. The faux tenant has said that she pays rent to my tenant. My tenant had told me the children where hers, when they are not, they belong to the faux tenant and she admitted to me and the estate agent today that she has been living there with her children for 3 months ( I suspect that she has been there the entire time). I don't know how to prove it, other than the fact that she is never there and I have a number of tradesmen who have attended the house who can confirm that the person they met is a lady called "Patience' and not Marceline. What would count as proof?
I recorded the conversation where she admitted to living there and accepted that she was subletting from Marceline.She had initially insisting that she was there just there to watch the children ( who are indeed hers) and but is still claiming my tenant lives there despite there being no sign of her and not enough beds. I have no other proof, except there has been a significant web of lies and many cancelled appts whenever I have wanted to attend but happy to have tradesmen there. She has never been there. There are signs that they are packing things up and have somewhere else to go, I just want to be able to take possession on Saturday. A section21 notice was served which expired on 30th June, I agreed to an extension of one month as the property they wanted wasn't available. The extention ran out on Friday, they then said they couldn't move until today, and then today the 'tenant' said she couldn't move because of a cardiac event and she wouldn't be released from hospital until Friday ( we have called 5 hospitals and there is no record of her) and the fake tenant has confirmed that she can't access the new tenancy until Friday. Can I change the locks on Friday if I can show the the tenant, doesn't live there?
I believe she will go on Friday, a lot of the possessions were packed and she has agreed to meet us at 11.00 to hand over the keys. I have a locksmith booked to come at 11.30 to change the locks, is there anything I need to be concerned about ?
Thanks Jo. To clarify, a section 21 notice was served and expired on the 30th June ( I agreed to an extn of 1 month) and I don't believe the true tenant has lived there for some time. So on that basis that I plan to go to the property as agreed at 11.00am tomorrow. Assuming the fake tenant has moved her possessions and the real tenant is not present, I will post an abandonment notice as suggested and change the locks after 48 hours. Assuming it is empty, am I allowed to go into the property and clean it or make repairs during those 48 hours?
Jo I have had written confirmation via text that she understands the tenancy has ended and she also confirms the house will be empty tomorrow and that keys will be returned. In that event, can I then change the locks and move on?