I am buying a house that is converted into 2 flats ( freehold was never converted into leases). I will be living in the top flat while the existing tenants will remain underneath. I wish to evict them eventually and turn the property back in to a house. I have spoken to them and they want to go through the process since they are waiting to be housed by the council but will not get a house until they have become homeless.
The tenants are currently on a periodic assured shorthold tenancy. When I become the new landlord after completion can I start a completely new contract with new and different terms ( e.g. rent increase, share of garden etc) then serve then notice at the 4 month period. Or am I bound by the terms of the previous tendency.
I have not idea if they paid a deposit or it was protected. What does this mean for their existing tenancy and them as tenants ?