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Forum Spotlight: Valentine’s Day – your questions on renting to couples answered

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

It might only be Valentines day for one day of the year, but questions relating to tenancies and couples frequent our Forum all year round.

Here, we take a look at some of the short but sweet solutions that our Landlord Advice Team have provided to common questions regarding couples and tenancies.

Q: I am renting flat to a couple but only one person wants their name on the tenancy agreement. Is that ok?

A: No. The solution would be to list one person as a tenant, and the other should be named as a permitted occupier.

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Q: My tenants have got married. Do I need to issue her with a new agreement with her married name and her husbands name?

A: No. Was husband on earlier tenancy? New tenancy means new paperwork, check-in report, inventory, return old deposit, etc.

The advantage of leaving old tenancy is easier, quicker, eviction if problems and, frankly, more incentive for tenant to behave, pay rent in full-on time.

It might be a good idea to offer a new tenancy in 6-12 months.

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Q: I strongly suspect that my tenants’ girlfriend has moved into the flat. This breaches the tenancy agreement and the flat now feels very overcrowded. What should I do now?

A: The landlord in this case would need to inform the tenant of the need to carry out the Right to Rent check on the occupier and also inform them unless they are to move that person out, the landlord would consider serving a Section 8, grounds 9 for breach of a tenancy.

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About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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