Tenant breaking fixed term lease

llgon

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They have given notice that they wish to end their tenancy. Once they move out they are someone else's tenants. I don't see how the RTB could be involved in your relationship with them at that stage. They are just using your place for free storage.

However, if you do not return their deposit to them in full it will be a matter for the RTB.

So my advice, once they're out return their deposit and give them an ultimatum to move their furniture. If they don't you will have to bear the cost of this but will probably be worth it.
 

Leo

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I don't see how the RTB could be involved in your relationship with them at that stage.
Their leaving before the minimum notice period is a matter the RTB have authority to investigate and adjudicate over.
 

eisfspike

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Seems like pretty much all their larger items - beds, mattresses, living and dining room furniture. I can only assume new place must be furnished and they're planning to put their current furniture into storage....but using my house as free storage until after lockdown....
What absolute nonsense. I would put their items on the street unless they wish to pay storage being the monthly rent. Agree with the other posters it would not be worthwhile to pursue them for the broken lease but you have to draw the line somewhere.
 

llgon

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leaving before the minimum notice period is a matter the RTB have authority to investigate and adjudicate over.
The thread had moved on now. The issue is what the OP will do with the tenant's furniture that has been/will be left behind. Do you think the RTB will be able to investigate the OP's actions that if the tenancy has ended?
 

Leo

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Do you think the RTB will be able to investigate the OP's actions that if the tenancy has ended?
Yes, they can. What in the legislation setting out their remit do you think limits that ability?

The tenant of course can not be forced to attend the RTB, or respond to the investigation, but their failure to do so will result in one of the few cases where the RTB will find fully in the landlord's favour, with the result being published.
 

sams1

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Many thanks all. The tenant used a local man with a van and their stuff has now all been removed so all good. Now to just find another tenant...

In response to question above as to why they were leaving after just 7 months, they wanted a smaller property with lower running costs. The house is fine but typical energy rating for it's age. Doesn't compete with A rated properties.
 
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