During the Tenancy
This process is similar to adding a new person to a tenancy as we previously covered, but there are some additional steps that would need to be taken concerning the deposit.
A tenancy agreement is a contract between a tenant and a landlord so the process of moving a new person into a property is a bit more involved if they too wish to become part of that contract. For a new person to be included in the tenancy agreement, reference checks must be carried out and paid for to ensure there are no issues. Once these checks have been completed, then a new contract can be drawn up to include the other person.
This is possible through something called 'apportioning the rent', and it works like this. If the rent was £650 a month, due on the 13th of the month, and you wanted it changing to the 23rd of each month, the difference of this would be 9 days. The calculation would be: (£650.00 x 12 / 365)*9. This calculates the daily rent (because there are different number of days in different months) and times it by the number of days required.
Before bailiffs arrive, you should have received a letter called a ‘Notice of Enforcement’ explaining they would be visiting - this is the first step you’ll need to take before anyone actually arrives at the door.
There are regular jobs and issues that normally arise during an occupation of a property that would not be reasonable for a landlord to regularly carry out. The term 'tenant-like manner' relates to the court case of Warren v Keen in 1953 and is still applicable to this day.
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For the first month, you can pay either by card or bank transfer through the Goodlord system. For payments after then, you'll need to set up a Standing Order with your bank to make sure the rent is paid regularly on time.