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  • Buy-to-Let

    How to serve notice on an assured shorthold?

    Hi all,

    I have an apartment in Manchester which I have been renting out for 6 months to my tenant. I used the standard assured shorthold tenancy forms you can get from WH Smith or wherever. The contract was for 6 months. The  6 months have expired and I now need to serve notice to my tenant.

    I would like to give her 2 months notice.

    I was going to Google and download a notice letter template but I want to make sure there isn't anything else I need to do.

    She has been a bit difficult in the past and I don't want to give her any excuse to be difficult about this. The deposit is in the DPS as required and will be returned to her at the end of the tenancy. Excuse my greenness, this is the first time I have done this and I can't find any pertinent advice elsewhere without having to wade through mounds of text.

    Thanks

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    Hi Jon,

    First of all, your tenancy agreement will dictate how much notice you are required to give, but it will almost certainly be two months because that is the law.

    If you are new to this, I would recommend you pay a company like Landlord Action to serve the notice correctly on your behalf.

    If you get even one thing wrong on the forms, it will be thrown out of court and you will be back to square one.

    Landlord Action charge £120.00 including VAT to serve the notice.  Money well spent.  Remember, being economical in property can often cost you a lot more than if you sought professional advice!

    See - "Cheap is often expensive in property" - Paul Shamplina

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    I'll probably do that.

    Excellent advice as ever. Thanks Vanessa.

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