Betrayed by the council
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4 days ago

Hi all,

A couple of years ago, I rent out my property through council, to a couple with one baby. The council offered a one-off payment of £2,500 to me under Landlord incentive scheme at the beginning of tenancy. Subsequently, tenants would pay £1000 per month for two years (the term of tenancy) as the male partner was in employment. I agreed with this arrangement as it was close to the average market rent (around £1200 to £1300 per month) in the area.

During this time, the couple got separated and the partner left her child with the man in the property. He thus is now a single parent and has since left his job. The tenancy term ended in May-24 and 2 months prior to this, I gave him (the tenant) notice under section 21 (Form 6A) which he acknowledged. Meanwhile, I put the property on the rental market, had a good response and scheduled a few viewings. The rent rates in the area have increased by £300-£400. Before putting it on the rental market, I made an offer to the tenant to extend the tenancy but he expressed his inability to pay the increased rent and said that the council was trying to provide him and his child other suitable accommodation.

Last week, he was advised by the council not to vacate the property until they find some other suitable accommodation. They even advised him not to accommodate any future viewings. For this reason, I had to cancel all the viewings scheduled for the week and weekend.

I feel like I have been betrayed by the council. He now is paying only £1000 per month, around £600 to £700 less than the current market rate. My mortgage payment on the other hand, has increased significantly. Could you please advise how can I come out of this unjustified situation and get my property back from council.

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