Problems taking over tenants - long-ish
Now that we have completed the agent is saying they require the tenant's permission to hand over the security deposit. Firstly is this correct?
I sent a section 18 notice a week ago by recorded delivery but the Post Office are claiming not to have delivered it yet (industrial action excuse). The rent was due on the 1st so I visited yesterday - now the agents tell me that they pay in cash.....
None of the three name tenants were in residence. Allegedly they have "returned to China" for a month and the person that was there claimed to be "just visiting" but responsible for the rent.....there seemed to be plenty of possessions around and a chequebook on the table for somebody else (not the tenants or the person there). The person in residence gave us £200 against the rent and promised the balance today when we go back.
I suspect that the legal tenants have left. How best to proceed? I don't collect rents in cash from any of my tenants and don't wish to but the flat would clean up well and rent easily.
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