A misconception of a ‘Six month assured shorthold tenancy’ leaves families vulnerable to eviction.
People who choose to broadcast this flawed myth are surely aware that no rational landlord would evict a good tenant after six months. Quite the contrary, they prefer to retain such tenants should the tenant want to continue to stay. They would have no void, no extra ‘tenant find’ fee and the uncertainty of a new tenant – will they be as good as the previous one!
Landlords rarely evict a good tenant – for what reason?
If a tenant has failed to manage the tenancy to a good standard, failed to pay the rent. The landlord may prefer to use the no-blame S21 Notice, rather than incur court costs with a S8. There is little merit in gaining a CCJ against a man with little money.
The Duration is often far longer than the six month Tenancy agreement. Very often these limited agreements are the requirement of the lender, whereby are wary of being in a position of losing money due to the minority bad tenants. As a result of losses to landlords, rent control has been put in place by government.
Warning; This growing length of tenancies is good news for both landlords and tenants, offering greater security and lesser voids. But do not assume all is well within the property, regular checks – access your properties every three months. By doing this gives landlords the opportunity to solve any problems before they arise or get out of hand.
If you use a letting agent, landlords should expect three monthly reports of the condition of the property.