Looking for some advice please.
I am a first time landlord and have a potential tenant moving in. This potential tenant has split from his wife and is currently proceeding with a divorce. He is currnetly undergoing reference checks, but his current landlord for the flat that he currenlty shares with his wife is refusing to provide any references. I think this is due to both him and his wife’s names being on the AST contract which started on 30 July 2020 and 6 months will bring it to end of Jan 2021.
Now, I’m confused on what options I have should he move to my flat as he is also liable for his existing contract given his wife for any reason cannot afford to pay the rent (he assures she will be able to as she is on a good salary). If this were to happen he may end up in arrears on my flat.
Potential option I was thinking was to get him to pay the deposit and the first 2 months rent up front. Request him to remove himself from the current joint AST contract at the end of the 6 months (end of Jan).
Additionally, checking with the rent guarantee scheme I intend to take out, they will only pay after 90 days on rent arrears. So this should work, if he doesnt pay for month 4. (For month 3 I could use the deposit to cover the rent if he fails to pay).
Can anyone advise if I am allowed to stipulate in my AST contract to him that he must remove himself from his current joint (with his wife) AST by end of Jan?
Also is there any other recommendations on how best to proceed with this situation?
Any advise is much appreciated.