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« on: September 09, 2020, 02:44:02 AM »

Hi. I have a new tenant arrived who is obliged to do 14 days quarantine.  I have provided a  temporary kitchenette within their quite large bedroom so they interact as little as possible with the other 2 tenants.  So  - shared bathroom and lavatory, minimal use of kitchen and not using the sitting room.  As a landlord I feel I have bent over backwards to make this quarantine as 'comfortable' for everyone.  However lots of complaints about noisy fridge and how about a rent reduction as not using part of flat.  They have signed a normal AST .  Also they had a  negative test done before coming here and I think feel aggrieved that they still have to be restricted. I am tempted to offer some nominal reduction just to make the problem go away but fear I am opening myself up for trouble later.  Any thoughts please?
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2020, 09:41:11 AM »

"nothing to do with me" is your perfect response.

You aren't imposing any of these restrictions... and you are not responsible for policing them either... the restrictions come from Her Majesty's Government... and the people responsible for policing quarantine are..? I dunno, but it's not you... so just let the Tenant get on with whatever they're doing. If the Tenant owned their own home and was obliged to quarantine... who would they be asking for money? The Council? The DVLA? Jesus? The mind boggles.
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2020, 10:23:11 AM »

I can't believe the cheek of some people.I would have done absolutely nothing.If someone decides to go abroad this year,they know they risk quarantine on their return,and that is their responsibility to deal with.If he gets Covid are you going to go round and leave hot soup and the daily paper outside his door?  I bet the other tenants are not exactly delighted by his actions either.
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2020, 10:40:08 AM »

Thanks for the replies guys.  I just feel so bad for my other two tenants imposing a nutter on them.  They are delightful and are already pissed off with the antics of the newbie (coming from a quarantine restricted country as a student).  Can I offer to tear up her contract and giver her all her money back if she wants to go?  Its the first real hiccup ive had with tenants in over 7 years - Ive always really taken care of my guys as best I can and very luckily always had harmonious households. bummer!  Can I just not extend her stay when the AST comes to an end (Feb if I remember correctly). Im not obliged to roll it on am I?
thanks for taking the time to read this nonsense.
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2020, 10:44:32 AM »

You can certainly offer to let her go,but she may refuse.You do not have to let the ASt go onto periodic,so get ready to serve s21 2 months in advance-assuming there will be no further extensions to eviction times.
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2020, 11:22:39 AM »

Thanks for that info.  So reassuring to have good advice here. Onwards and upwards.
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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2020, 12:32:18 PM »

You can't actually prevent it from going periodic if and when the time come. If they're still living there past the end of any fixed term, a periodic tenancy will arise by law. Of course nothing stopping you from issuing notice as soon as you're legally allowed so you can start possession proceedings as soon as possible if they stay.
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2020, 04:10:11 PM »

Ok. thanks for that - steep learning curve!
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