Join the Residential Landlords Association

Member Forums - Report Post

If you wish for the RLA to contact you regarding this report please remember to provide contact details.

Please Note: - This facility is for reporting of abuse or other breaches of the forum rules. Please do not use this facility to reply to the post as your response will not appear here - to reply please use the quote option.
  1. Please do not post RLA enquiries in these forums. Any enquiries should be sent to info@rla.org.uk.
  2. Please note that the initial message in any forum conversation on this website is viewable by the public.
  3. For security reasons, please do not include your membership number within the title or body of your forum post.
  4. You must not include any personal details relating to your tenants, such as their names and addresses, in your postings.
  5. You must not use the forums to advertise your service or business. Please use the RLA's suppliers guide for all advertising purposes.
  6. Any content deemed as advertising, inappropriate or does not meet the RLA's code of conduct will be removed from the forums.
  7. The RLA cannot be held responsible for any posts made in these forums by non-RLA staff
Report a post:
Gazza said: Posted on: 19/04/2018 08:43

A few months ago I served a S8 on tenant. She didn't leave at time. I have been chasing up on it. Court case in May.
I found out in February that she had left the property. I went to look through windows and all furniture was gone, just general tat had been left.
I contacted council (and utilities) to get some confirmation, and they all said she'd declared to them that she'd moved out a couple of weeks earlier.
I emailed her, to confirm, and she emailed and said she'd be visiting to take the rest of her stuff and leave me the key that weekend (2/3/18). She never turned up, but as I had that email declaring a date to hand back the keys, and after calling the advice team here, I immediately relet the property and am storing all the remaining stuff left in the house for 3 months.

At the time, the council tax people said in a phone call they'd accept my account and charge her until the date she gave as handing back the key.
I've recently recieved a bill from the date she gave them until the new tenants moved in. I queried this and they are saying that they have listened to the call, but as she declared herself as living elsewhere, She isn't liable from that date. She is only liable in one property. I explained that as she gave no notice, and didn't hand the keys back, she was still liable for the property and its bills, so they should be chasing her for it.

Its Leeds council, if that makes a difference (I know councils have different policies).
They say if a property is empty and unfurnished for more than 7 days, then full council tax is due from day 1.
How can this be right? If any tenant self-declares they pay council tax elsewhere, that the landlord becomes responsible, even if the tenancy isn't ended. I'm not allowed to enter the property, tenant is entitled to peaceful enjoyment, I wasn't even aware of her being in process of moving out, can't get any "proof" she lived there in the intervening time, and yet I'm chased seemingly by default?
Anyone know what I can quote or do?
They've asked for a copy of tenancy, but that was signed in 2014, and I'm not sure what that would show them. She was on benefits so they will have a copy somewhere.
They asked for proof she lived there after her declaring she didn't, but won't accept the email saying she will hand the keys back a few weeks after she declared she left. Besides, even if she wasn't actively living there, she was still responsible wasn't she?

Cheers for any help

Landlord & Investment Show London Olympia 2019
Ideal Flatmate
99 Homes
John Pye Auctions