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    environment health report issued

    I have very problematic tenants in my property who have not paid rent since May and who I am trying to evict, the house is also under offer, so I just really want rid of the property and don't want to spend any more money or time on this headache.

    The tenants recently reported damp issues so I have had an environment health office undertake a full investigation of the property and come up with a long list of things that I need to address.

    The report has come back with numerous category 1 and 2 issues, some are fair enough, however other issues seem unjustified.

    My question is where do I stand legally, with this? How long do I have to address these issues? Do i legally have to address all issues?

    Is there any way around this?

    As the sale of the property is going through, this couldn't of come at a worse time!!

    #2
    The notice should tell you how long you have to address the issues.

    You probably also need to notify the buyer (your conveyancer will advise).

    Why on earth did you involve environmental health and not a private company who could report any issues to you?
    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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      #3
      Pleased to hear dangers have been highlighted and will be pursued by the authorities.

      Blimey, that will be an expensive own-goal!
      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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        #4
        If the damp that the tenants reported to you is linked to one of the cat 1 hazards then you will be barred from serving the tenants with a s21 notice for at least another 6 months or until the work is done, whichever is longer. You could try a s8g8 notice but with that level of disrepair it will be easy to defend. If the tenants are being advised then your next problem is likely to be gaining access to carry out the work as this will drag out any eviction for a few months more

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          #5
          Did you follow through the S21 notice prior to the council enforcement? Then your S21 may still be valid as it would be seen as a retaliation from the T, like if the T calls the council and the LL serves notice on the T. You should speak with your conveyancer as they would be best to advice you.

          Does the other party want to live there or rent out the property, you could sell it with the T instu maybe an option.

          Damp has 3 main types, depending on the type, could be subjective, as by T drying clothes inside and not ventilating the room(s).

          The only other way is to sort out the issues as quickly as possible, and liaise with the council at each step, and inform them if T doesn't allow entry to trade men etc (document everything in writing/email).

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            #6
            Why have not yet sought to evict T for non-payment of rent since May?
            You have savvy Ts but they have a useless LL.
            Is the EH Notice Rx an Enforcement Notice?
            You need to inform the prospective buyer asap.
            They may still proceed with Sale if the asking price is sig reduced.

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              #7
              The sequence of events is going to be important.

              When was the s21 notice served?
              When did the tenants report the issues with the property?
              How did they report them?
              Exactly what council notices were issued and when?

              If the sequence isn't right, the tenants are likely to be there for quite a while.
              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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