One of the most frequent questions that landlords phone our Landlord Advice team about relates to tenancy deposits.
This week, a landlord called with question about a tenant who had left his property without giving any notice they were going to do so.
Five days after they had left the property, they then texted the landlord that they had in fact left the property for good. The landlord had tried to contact them but at first the tenants was ignoring this. The landlord said that eventually they managed to get the tenant to sign and date a Surrender of Property form.
This was a week after the tenant had informed the landlord by text that they had left the property. The landlord wanted to know whether, because of this delay, he would be able to apply to the tenancy deposit scheme who hold the deposit, for the tenant to pay the rent until the 16th of May, out of the deposit.
This landlord also explained that the tenants signed a six month tenancy, which expires on the 4th July 2018. He shared that he is planning to advertise this property for a new tenancy.
An advisor in our Landlord Advice Team explained to this landlord that the tenant is liable for the council tax, and all daily standing charges on the utilities until the day of surrender. The landlord should show the tenant the tenancy agreement and the surrender letter. If the landlord wanted to, they could try with the scheme to get back even more rent, providing that the landlord could inform the scheme (and show evidence) that the tenant walked out of a tenancy mid term with no notice and you had to chase the tenant around in order to get a surrender letter.
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- You can also learn more about surrendering a tenancy by checking out our useful guide on the subject here
- Learn more about deposits in our ELearning course