As of today just one month. He has not paid the rent due on 4th March. Instead he has authorised payment of the security deposit to me, which I refused to accept. I am assuming that he does not intend to pay the rent, which is why he offered the deposit instead.
The tenant needs to be 2 months in arrears before you can do anything. Once he is in arrears you serve a Section 8 notice.
Sadly just because you agreed to set it aside still means its an AST. All you are doing is allowing the tenant to break the tenancy agreement.
But its still an AST and you need to follow the proper procedure.
You need to serve notice once they are 2 months in arrears.
Once this is done you can issue proceedings for possession.
This can be done online at: https://www.possessionclaim.gov.uk/pcol/
The Court will then list the matter for a hearing and decide whether to grant possession.
If the Court does and the tenant refuses you move then he can be evicted.
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
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