Hi everyone. My tenant of 5 years has abandoned my property today. She text me to say that due to a change in circumstances, she has left the property and has posted the keys through the door and the stuff she has left behind can either be thrown away or kept. I went to check and she has left her all her furniture such as beds, wardrobes, etc. She had always paid her rent on time so admittedly I'd become a bit laid back with checking but I checked today and she has not paid rent for the last 2 months and she missed a payment in October last year too. She also had the cheek to give me her bank details to give her deposit back...! Where do I stand with getting missed rent back from this tenant? I have no idea where she has gone and she seems to of now blocked my number. I am an accidental landlord as you can tell from my username and also rather stupidly did not protect her deposit. Does this mean I have to give it back?! Even if she owes rent. Help desperately needed...
Am I being unreasonable?
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stayathomer · 18/03/2023 23:49
No-one is an accidental landlord and certainly not for 5 years
What planet do you live on? We’ve been accidental landlords for 12 years now- bought an apartment, moved out when we both got jobs we could no longer commute to as we had kids , paid 4 times what is was worth only months after we bought and was told by the bank they’d take us to court if we tried to sell for anything less than what we owed. We’ve been renting it out since and will be able to sell within the next ten years (thank goodness!!) we rented for ten years while our tenants paid half of the mortgage payment, and were poor for about five of those years. And it’s not an uncommon story. If you try to sell in negative equity your options are be sued or never own again. Op am no help but best of luck
Justmeandthedog1 · 19/03/2023 00:14
Retired landlord here:
You can sue her in the small claims court for unpaid rent. Chances of actually getting it are slim. Do not consider doing this if anything is out of place — eg you do not have current gas safety certificate, you did not protect deposit.
You can charge her for disposing of furniture. If she texted or email any instructions re her furniture make sure you keep them.
Contact your deposit protection company. Explain the tenant has left owing rent, no address given. Say you want to claim the deposit as unpaid rent. They will then try to contact the tenant. Give her name, phone number, email if you have it. They’ll take it from there.
Did the tenant have a guarantor? If so contact them re unpaid rent.
Being a landlord is really a full time job to be on top of all the accounting and also to make sure everything is in place to the letter to be fair to both tenant and landlord.
OldFan · 19/03/2023 01:37
I don't even know what this protected deposit thing is, and I private rented for a long time, and knew many people who did.
Never heard of anyone's deposit being protected. At the end of your stay they decided whether they were happy with the condition of the property and based on that you got some or all of your deposit back.
Obviously if you did a runner you probably didn't get anything back, and not if you owed rent either.
The last time I private rented was 2014. Have things really changed that much?
I suppose nowadays with the internet etc, tenants can read more about their rights and stuff.
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