Neighbour has rented their apartment out to questionable lady - advice needed

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    Neighbour has rented their apartment out to questionable lady - advice needed

    Hi,

    I live in a leasehold apartment that I own in a relatively nice and quiet estate. My next door neighbours have recently moved out and rented their apartment out. Our two adjoining apartments are both 3 bed top floor apartments with a relatively high rent for the area.

    My neighbours and I do not speak as they decided to repeatedly damage my, at the time, new car and then following my attempt to resolve the issue, they refused to accept liability or cover the cost of the repairs, even after it was proven that they had done the damage. I tried to remain friendly towards them, even though I was the one who was wronged, but unfortunately the relationship was irreparable from their side.

    They appear to have struggled to rent their apartment out - mostly due to the price and the current covid issue. They dropped the price twice and then a young Eastern European lady has now moved in. Not one to judge but the way she has looked whenever I have seen her makes it impossible not to do so. She looks pale, very rough, looks like she's been awake for days on end. Since her move in date a lot of middle aged men have been appearing at the property, staying around an hour or longer and then leaving. She has been here 2 weeks now and there must have been at least 20 visits that I know of in this time. At first I thought they may be friends or work men or removal men, I wanted to give the benefit of the doubt as she was my new neighbour, but the visits are becoming more regular and there are more new faces appearing at all times of the day.

    I really dont want to assume, but I feel that given the multiple visits from random men in the middle of the night (and day), who each have no idea where they are going when they get let into the apartment block - except for the flat number - that she may well be a prostitute. I have spoken to a local letting agent who is currently finding tenants for one of my rentals and he had shown her round a few other penthouse apartments in the area - telling me that she had come across very odd / strange on her viewings, very rude, almost aggressive and that she had turned up wearing thigh high boots, mini-skirt and low cut top to the viewings. She had said to him that she was a student and would be willing to pay cash up front for the rent and bills and would be taking the apartment on her own.

    My question is what can I do from here. I have tried to contact the owners and not received a response. So do I need to speak to the leaseholder of the block? I have read our lease and it sets out 'restrictions and obligations' that include;

    - 'You conevenant to keep the flat as defined in good order and not to use it for any purpose than a single private residence and not for any trade of business purposes;'
    - 'You must not use the property for illegal or immoral purposes or in such a way as may cause a nuisance or annoyance to any of your neighbours'

    What other options would I have - speaking to the council?... Also would I be within my rights / advised to setup a Ring Video Door Bell to monitor and save the comings and goings from her door?

    I am a fairly confident man who can handle himself - saying that, I am concerned that these sheepish guys could be replaced at a later point with more boisterous, unruly men who damage the communal areas or worse try to gain access to other properties, including my own. I also have two female lodgers and I don't think it is fair that they should be exposed to this kind of issue - it would likely effect my ability to keep lodgers long-term once they know that is going on next door and it may also cause issues if I was to attempt to sell the property. The bottom line is - I dont want to live next door to a prostitute (if that is in fact the case) and I would like to resolve the issue swiftly if possible.

    I would appreciate any advice that people can offer - apologies for the lengthy post.

    Cheers.

    #2
    To my knowledge prostitution isn't illegal. Whether it's immoral is dependent upon your perspective. She may come into the category of running a trade or business.

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      #3
      If prostitution isn't illegal running a brothel is so this may still class as illegal activity. Have you tried reporting it to the Police?

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        #4
        Inform police and local authority, freeholder, managing agents , other residents but be wary of exposing yourself to danger.
        I doubt she will stay more than 6 months so you might just need to be patient.

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          #5
          Originally posted by jpucng62 View Post
          If prostitution isn't illegal running a brothel is so this may still class as illegal activity. Have you tried reporting it to the Police?
          A lone person engaging in prostitution does not constitute a brothel. Gorman v Standen,Palace Clarke v Standen [1964] 48 Cr App R 30.



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            #6
            Originally posted by jpucng62 View Post
            If prostitution isn't illegal running a brothel is so this may still class as illegal activity. Have you tried reporting it to the Police?
            A brothel requires more than one sex worker.
            When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
            Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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              #7
              Thanks both jpkeates and Jon66 - we don't know that she is the only one there. Just because OP doesn't mention a second resident doesn't mean there isn't one.

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                #8
                Quite likely the poor girl has been trafficked, & doesn;t want to be there. Report to Police & also as listed here, Sally Ally & Red Cross
                https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/im...n-trafficking/
                .
                https://www.redcross.org.uk/about-us...-trafficking##


                I have a relative working with Red X on slavery & trafficking: Dunno how they can cope with the job, but full of admiration.

                I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                  #9
                  As said report to the Police as she could be a victim of human trafficking although given she seems to be there on her own this seems unlikely, normally a victim of trafficking will be monitored most of the time and not allowed this type of freedom. I would contact the freeholder and make them aware. As you have heard selling sex from your own home is not illegal, there are many ways in which people prostitute themselves..... this example being only one of them.

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                    #10
                    Surely this activity isn't allowed under covid restrictions!

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                      #11
                      Seriously, it's apparently having a terrible impact on sex workers of all genders, loss of income.

                      As reported in the papers.
                      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                        #12
                        Not one to judge....
                        I really dont want to assume...
                        But then you, (and others), have judeged and jumped to the assumption that she is a sex worker.

                        OK, she may be. - But what you are seeing could have other, innocent, explanations.

                        For instance:
                        Many foreign students (and non-students) offer English lessons to newer immigrants as a way to supplement their income.
                        Many will also offer translation services. - Translating official forms, letters, etc.

                        Some will even do such translation for free as an act of charity to help their newly arrived countrymen, and help them with housing/welfare/benefit issues.
                        New arrivals especially would rather trust a fellow countryman/woman than go to an advice centre, they may have had bad experiences of 'official' organisations in the country they come from.

                        These teachers, translators, and helpers advertise on student notice boards, foreign language newspapers, etc. and word gets passed around the immigrant community to those needing help where they can go to get it.

                        I'm not saying that that is what's happening here, but it could be a perfectly valid explanation for what you are seeing.

                        What a person wears is their choice, many young lasses will wear boots, short skirts, and low cut tops.
                        (Ooh, what is she wearing? They wouldn't wear that in my day. Youngsters today eh.)

                        As Berlingogirl points out though, even innocent activity such as translations and help with form filling should not be being carried out face-to-face during covid restrictions.

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                          #13
                          Quite right, there has been a huge increase in sad middle aged blokes taking up Romanian

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                            #14
                            True, having said that councils can & have shut down brothels or other places causing nuisance. e.g.

                            https://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/new...osed-1-6164461

                            - Issue I understand is that the place is then closed for renting for some time... Think someone on here had that fun experience as a landlord
                            I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Section20z View Post
                              Quite right, there has been a huge increase in sad middle aged blokes taking up Romanian
                              Your sarcasm is noted,

                              But nothing has been said by the OP about these blokes other than that they are middle aged, they could be middle aged immigrants wanting help with English, or with immigration or other forms.
                              Eastern European housholds usually have the father figure (a middle aged bloke) deal with official forms etc. for the whole family.

                              And where do you suddenly get Romanian from?
                              No specific nationality has been mentioned, only that the tenant is 'Eastern European' which covers - Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, the Ukraine and the most western part of the Russian Federation.

                              Are assumptions being made again?

                              She may well be a sex worker - but there again nothing said by the OP is proof of that one way or the other..

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