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Changing the card from where the rent is paid

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Hi to all,

My and my wife will split. The rent is on her card and I pay all the bills. I want to change the rent on my card. My question is about the landlord (letting agency):

– they will do something like end the contract because of this change?

– is there a way to protect myself if they want to end the contract?

– they will ask for referncing (I dont mind that)?

Thank you

GB

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Hi Gabi

I would imagine they would ask to do credit and financial checks on you yes but most landlords wouldn’t end the tenancy for something like this. If the bank account from which rent payments are made is mentioned in the tenancy itself then all that is required is a basic amendment – the agent will most likely charge you for this. If your bank account isn’t mentioned in the tenancy then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t simply starting making the payments yourself. If there’s a reference to use for the payments (for example your name or the address of the property) then make sure that’s on payments and send an email or letter to the agent just letting them know what is happening.

There’s nothing you individually can do to protect yourself. I’m not a lawyer but if you have a standard tenancy agreeement (assured shorthold) then, as long as you’re not in the fixed period, the landlord can serve a section 21 notice. Having said that, if you’re good tenants who pay the rent on time there’s no reason why a landlord would want you to leave. 

Alex

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