Ending Tenancy: As a landlord with a good existing tenant, I need to sell the property. Could you please advise me on how I should deal with this. There’s 11 months left on the Tenancy Agreement.
You signed a 12 month tenancy agreement so you are contractually committed to 12 months – there’s no easy way out.
Also, your tenant has statutory protection so you cannot get a possession order by serving a 2-month Section 21 Notice until after the fixed term is ended.
Basically you have three options:
1 Speak to your tenant nicely and see if he/she is willing to leave early. You never know, the situation may have changed and it could be convenient?
2 Offer to pay compensation to your tenant to leave. Again this may be convenient or attractive to your tenant if by co-incidence he/she would like to re-locate, or you are willing to offer enough to make the inconvenience of moving worth their while.
3 Consider selling the property as an investment, i.e. with your tenant in place. Investors and landlords are always on the look out for good investments and a house that is already tenanted with a good tenant will be an advantage.
Be very careful you don’t get accused of harassment by pestering or applying pressure.
Any arrangement such as these must be totally voluntary on the part of your tenant and without coercion of any kind. Harassment is a serious criminal offence under the Protection from Eviction Act 1977.