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New Landlord - Tenant Not Signed Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement

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« on: April 20, 2021, 05:54:59 PM »

Hi Everyone

I just recently bought my first buy-to-let property, with the tenant in situ. After the sale, the tenant was issued, by post, a Section 3 Notice and a new Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement, which the tenant acknowledged receiving. The problem is, after almost 3 weeks, the tenant has not been in contact, even after several emails and messages to get the new agreement signed.

The tenant did pay rent at the start of the month.

Without a signed AST agreement, I am certain there are risks. What are my options now to rectify this, please?

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2021, 06:52:26 AM »

The Tenant isn't under any obligation to sign a new AST..? Not because you are the new Landlord. They already have an AST, surely? And so do you as part of Conveyancing? I hope so.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2021, 05:18:03 PM »

The Tenant isn't under any obligation to sign a new AST..? Not because you are the new Landlord. They already have an AST, surely? And so do you as part of Conveyancing? I hope so.

Thanks for your response @Hippogriff. The tenant had an AST with the previous landlord, which I now know has been transferred over to me upon the sale of the property. And I understand the tenant is under no obligation to sign a new AST. Having a new AST in place was for peace of mind - to have an agreement with my name on it rather than the previous landlord's. All new to me, so still learning.
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2021, 05:54:54 PM »

Just making sure you understood that you have "stepped into the shoes of the old Landlord" through your purchase... and it doesn't mean you're running without any air cover. If the Tenant is willing to sign a new AST, to be it... but - for them - nothing has changed, really... so what's the benefit? Truth be told... none. You said you were certain there were risks... what risks are you certain about?
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