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Challenging Times Unpaid Rent Covid 19

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« on: January 05, 2021, 04:42:43 PM »

Hey guys new to this forum.

I am looking for anyone with some sound advice, or someone who may have experienced what I am going through to see what we can do.

Back story;

* I rent a house with my (ex) partner which began January 2019
* we paid a excessive 3k deposit because we have 2 dogs
* we have a guarantor because I had a CCJ for an unpaid parking ticket

* we unfortunately split in july 2020 but remained in the property together until I moved out in September back to my mums
* she told me she would continue to pay the rent on her own and get the property up together
* (November) landlord agreed to surrender tenancy early providing we covered costs to secure new tenant - which we agreed

* we have both been hit very bad with lockdown and furlough etc and we can no longer afford the rent (i lost my job and she went on furlough)
* letting agent wrote directly to guarantor asking for outstanding rent

my query is, we have 3 months left on tenancy and we all want out, so providing the landlord inspects the property and happy no damage etc can we agree that the 3k deposit to be used to clear outstanding rent payments and end tenancy immediately.

this is so much stress that no one needs at the moment and we just want out

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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2021, 04:53:30 PM »

You can agree whatever you are able with the Landlord, or their Agent (really it's the Landlord we're talking about). Understandably no Landlord in their right mind would want to be looking for new Tenants right now - it's just stress that they don't need at this moment. So I know you can understand if the Landlord would prefer to do what they can to maintain the status quo (you guys paying the rent as you can) for the remainder of the tenancy. But seeing as the Landlord already agreed a surrender maybe they have a pragmatic and open-minded view of the world... and, although we do not know what the monthly rent is (possibly 1,000 per month?), there could be a win-win if your Landlord was to accept your Deposit (seeing as you are willing) in favour of monthly rent... assuming there is no significant damage beyond wear and tear. The Landlord is not forced to accept this proposal, though. Please remember that when a property is empty it is not just lost income for the Landlord, but also costs - Council Tax usually being the main one.

Are you in direct contact with the Landlord? Have you made this approach yet? Is it not totally clear to me whether there are current arrears.
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2021, 05:16:53 PM »

You cannot make the landlord do this - ultimately you signed a contract and whatever the unfortunate conditions are to mean it has been broken, it is only with mutual agreement with the landlord.

Personally, as long as the property is inspected with no issues or damage, i would agree to use the deposit to cover remaining 3 months rent. However, this is not the purpose of the rent - it is there to cover the returning of the property back to its original, clean condition.

You should try and resolve this amicably with the landlord, and i'm sure they will be reasonable, and worse case - will stick to the contractual agreement.
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