agency/tenant nightmares...
Tenancy Types and Management

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16 years ago
I have a tenant who "looked wrong" when on the day of moving in when I first met her. (She also has an 8 year old son.) I called the agency, stressed my misgivings and was told that her father was guarantor and he had been credit checked successfully. I also asked for confirmation that a section 21b would be filled in and was reassured about this.
Needless to say, 2 months rent are now in arrears, the tenant is claiming that the father has died and that the council are about to pay 3/4 of the £1200 a month. To cap it all, she says that she is 5 months preganant.
Can I challenge the agency legally re bad advice/return of commission?
Shall I go for Section 8? I fear that if the council does pay a bit and/or she turns up at court heavily pregnant we will get nowhere.
Or should I just wait, serve a section 21b after 4 months of tenancy and go for accelerated possession at 6 months? I think that the contract was for a year rather than 6 months though.... Help!

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