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JGM, Solicitor
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I let my flat to a 4 students jointly and severely under a

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I let my flat to a 4 students jointly and severely under a pucker Short assured lease. They paid the first months rent and 4 months later they have not paid a bean since!
I served a sec 33 and an AT6 on them and a summary cause for the cash.
But when the sheriff officer tried to serve he discovered they had (unofficially) sublet the flat and gone.
Does the 33 and AT6 cover me for asking the (unidentified) aliens to move on or do I start the whole 33 AT6 thing again?
Thank you for your question.
Yes, it does because they are illegal sub tenants. Your cause of action is against the tenants. The fact is that the flat is occupied. It's not for you to enquire who is occupying. A subsequent court action would seek removal of the tenants and their family, sub tenants etc.
The only concern I would have is that you should have served a notice to quit as well as the s33 notice. I presume you have done so.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.


For an extra few quit could you comment on:

I did give a notice to quit as well as the S33 and AT6. Problem is I see I gave 40 days notice for all three documents. Whereas I now see reading various reports, 2 months min for the s33 is required. Can I simply wait until the 2 months are up before I act in court or do I have to start a new notice with a new 2 months?


The minimum notice for a notice to quit is 40 days but a section 33 notice is 2 months. However you don't need to serve the s33 Notice if you are applying to the court to terminate on the ground of non payment of rent.
If you are just terminating the lease at the expiry date of the tenancy then you would serve both and two months notice would apply.
However, if you are terminating the lease because of non payment you would serve the notice to quit and then the AT6 could give notice of court proceedings thereafter.
So for clarification, the s33 is unnecessary if the tenancy is being terminated on the ground of non payment of rent. However, if you are terminating the tenancy at the ish (natural end) two months notice is required.
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