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6 Months Rent Paid - Tenant gone AWOL

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Anyone ever experienced this before? 

Current tenants leaving and handing over the keys to my new tenant in 5 days however my new tenant (who had paid 6 months in advance) has went AWOL and both her numbers dont work, whatsapp picture gone, non responsive to emails etc. 

What would you do if your tenant had paid for 6 months rent and didnt show up to actually live in it? 

Eamon 


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If they had paid, surely you are contractually bound to hold the property whether they live in it or not? Perhaps they simply cancelled services on the wrong date and have no phone.

On a personal level, you could contact the non-emergency police number for a "safe and well" check?

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It's an interesting question and I do wonder what is supposed to occur here in legislation. It would be a good idea if things dont change to consult a solicitor before taking any action.

I may be well of the mark - though those that use rental properties as drug dens (cannabis factories) like to pay rent upfront to keep the Landlord away. It may be that was the intention and they have changed there mind or feel spooked in some way.

https://www.propertyhawk.co.uk/magazines/avoiding-a-cannabis-farm/

"Because of the use of a ‘Front Couple’; people often appear to be genuine and respectable tenants. After they have taken possession they disappear without trace. Landlords should therefore revisit their rental property a few weeks after initial occupancy to check that the original tenants are still occupying the property."

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Hi Eamon

Nope, not exactly but the nature of the facts raises quite a lot of suspicion in itself. Good call on the 'safe and well' check Ben by the way.

If not a safety issue, this could potentially be avoiding financial action, criminal activity, immigration control or even terrorist-related instead. Did you meet her in person, check original IDs and undertake thorough background rent checks?

Given that the tenancy has not technically started, you can probably void it (put in writing to last known address) and set the money aside until you hear back from them, if at all. If you don't hear back from them, then you may need to put it down to experience and re-advertise the property. I would also not spend the money either...could be laundered or deemed to be theft if not too careful. The police might also be interested...

Tread carefully and when people look to pay large sums up front, there is often a degree of risk in their background anyway. Sorry if sounds like a bit of egg-sucking, also writing for other readers of this to some extent.

Good luck!

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Thanks for the feedback again. She finally got back to me today after 2 weeks no response, apparently only holiday. Still very strange.

She lived in OZ for 6 years so was a custom to paying 6 months to a 12 months in advance,  so i dont believe it was a massive warning sign (similar to dubai when i lived there). 

Hopefully all is good now but thanks again for the quick responses and options on what could be done @richard brown @dennis hughes @ben sewell

 

 


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I was going to say possible overseas. 

I had tenants before pay large payments for several months in advance before, and they were from overseas and making use of their favourable exchange rates. Typically students

There might be more individuals doing this now given the current currency exchange rates. 

Would of also explained why they were uncontactable. 

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