My flatmates keep blocking a new person taking over my tenancy Watch

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Due to depression and anxiety, I dropped out of uni and have moved back home. It was a difficult decision but know it was right for me and I am on the road to recovery.

The only problem was that I signed up for a house in my second year of uni (in Sheffield). I knew it may be a long process getting someone to take over my tenancy, but have tried hard to advertise it. I've had a lot of interest and one person looked round, however my other flatmates were not keen on him because he was "odd". I've found another person who is eager to move in soon, I asked my landlord if he can move in and he says that's fine, however my flatmates have to agree because it is a joint tenancy and they have to sign a shared new contract with the new person.

The new person is genuinly really nice ,seems the perfect flatmate. So I asked them would they be able to add him on fb to see what they think. I got no response, so the next day made a group chat with everyone. The new boy said he is really tidy etc, can recieve/give banter, is easy to get along with etc. However again no one replied to him!

I asked them what they thought and they said they dont like that he is on placement, because they want to go on nights out and dont want him to moan about noise. So they sent him a message asking if he's ok with them being noisy on nights out sometimes. He sent a friendly reply saying that's fine, maybe be more considerate weekdays but weekends fine, because he is 21.

They're just not replying to him and I just can't seem to think they are looking for a perfect tenant who doesn't exist. My tenancy began 1st July, I am still paying but obviously do not want to pay much longer as it's nearing august.

What do you guys suggest I do?
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(Original post by gemma2323)
Due to depression and anxiety, I dropped out of uni and have moved back home. It was a difficult decision but know it was right for me and I am on the road to recovery.

The only problem was that I signed up for a house in my second year of uni (in Sheffield). I knew it may be a long process getting someone to take over my tenancy, but have tried hard to advertise it. I've had a lot of interest and one person looked round, however my other flatmates were not keen on him because he was "odd". I've found another person who is eager to move in soon, I asked my landlord if he can move in and he says that's fine, however my flatmates have to agree because it is a joint tenancy and they have to sign a shared new contract with the new person.

The new person is genuinly really nice ,seems the perfect flatmate. So I asked them would they be able to add him on fb to see what they think. I got no response, so the next day made a group chat with everyone. The new boy said he is really tidy etc, can recieve/give banter, is easy to get along with etc. However again no one replied to him!

I asked them what they thought and they said they dont like that he is on placement, because they want to go on nights out and dont want him to moan about noise. So they sent him a message asking if he's ok with them being noisy on nights out sometimes. He sent a friendly reply saying that's fine, maybe be more considerate weekdays but weekends fine, because he is 21.

They're just not replying to him and I just can't seem to think they are looking for a perfect tenant who doesn't exist. My tenancy began 1st July, I am still paying but obviously do not want to pay much longer as it's nearing august.

What do you guys suggest I do?
This is quite an interesting one.

1. How bad was the depression and did you leave before your exams? Did you see a GP and welfare services? Did you let your course know it was due to depression. Basically can you document that is the reason you left? Support services as well would be handy.

I would stress that you collate as much evidence as possible.

2. On what terms did you leave you flatmates? Were they good friends? Are you on talking terms?

Are they going to co operate?

I would give them one more chance and give them the chance to find a replacement they like.
If they reject a person you think is ok next time, then report it to the LL who wont care and consider taking legal advice.
Speak to Shelter, but I feel they are behaving unreasonably and you should consider suing them for any money lost due to them refusing a reasonable tenant.
I am not sure they have a right to say no tbh.

https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help
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(Original post by gemma2323)
Due to depression and anxiety, I dropped out of uni and have moved back home. It was a difficult decision but know it was right for me and I am on the road to recovery.

The only problem was that I signed up for a house in my second year of uni (in Sheffield). I knew it may be a long process getting someone to take over my tenancy, but have tried hard to advertise it. I've had a lot of interest and one person looked round, however my other flatmates were not keen on him because he was "odd". I've found another person who is eager to move in soon, I asked my landlord if he can move in and he says that's fine, however my flatmates have to agree because it is a joint tenancy and they have to sign a shared new contract with the new person.

The new person is genuinly really nice ,seems the perfect flatmate. So I asked them would they be able to add him on fb to see what they think. I got no response, so the next day made a group chat with everyone. The new boy said he is really tidy etc, can recieve/give banter, is easy to get along with etc. However again no one replied to him!

I asked them what they thought and they said they dont like that he is on placement, because they want to go on nights out and dont want him to moan about noise. So they sent him a message asking if he's ok with them being noisy on nights out sometimes. He sent a friendly reply saying that's fine, maybe be more considerate weekdays but weekends fine, because he is 21.

They're just not replying to him and I just can't seem to think they are looking for a perfect tenant who doesn't exist. My tenancy began 1st July, I am still paying but obviously do not want to pay much longer as it's nearing august.

What do you guys suggest I do?
I still think this is quite interesting. Besides talking to Shelter I would do the following.

Keep all evidence of efforts you have taken and tenants found so you can show and explain what you have done and your flatmates response.
Explain to the LL you are having difficulty because you have found 2 people and they have refused.
Send an email with read receipt or text or phone call plus leave on facebook communications of whats happened and you are waiting for an answer from them so they can meet the person. Tbh meeting should be part of the interview process.
In the communication explain that both tenants were suitable in your opinion, but they appear to be blocking your efforts to find a new tenant.
This is now costing you money.

They need to work with you and explain what their objections are and the criteria for an acceptable tenant so you can bear it in mind.
If they cant or wont give you that, then it creates a difficult situation. You will try and work with them, but if they arent interested, then you will only seek permission, then you will explain to the LL they are blocking a new tenant and the LL can decide whether the tenant is suitable or not.
You are working hard to find a new tenant and they need to work with you. You have no money and cannot pay the rent much longer.

They can find someone or be co operative when you do find a replacement by speaking to you. It will not be long before you are unable to borrow money anymore to pay the rent and then it becomes both your problems with the landlord.

Ask them to contact and work with you to help resolve the situation as you are doing your best to avoid disruption, but they need to help. If they will not then you will assume they are being unreasonable and will take it up with CAB and the LL. YOu hope it doesnt come to that.


Your options I think comes down to the fact you can bypass and the LL could release you from the tenancy and give them the option to pay your share or impose a tenant. If the LL isnt interested, then you need to take housing advice from shelter or a law centre or a specialist at cab.
It may be as you are joint and severally liable for the rent the other 2 flatmates are potentially liable for your rent if you stop paying. They can come after you for it, but you explain to the court all your efforts you took to find a new tenant and the fact they refuse 2/3/4 tenants plus refused to communicate with you i.e they were unreasonable. I would seek to look into whether theres a way to block your liability where they arent co operating.
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