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    #16
    And today you're asking for ways to make it possible to rent to this person?

    I'd be thinking of a restraining order.
    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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      #17
      Originally posted by Luke View Post

      She said that her last private rented property got sold and she had to move out .
      She has two kids, 5 year old boy and 12 year old girl and it was UC she applied for and the HB was part of the UC
      Given your other post on her & her father's behaviour I'd walk away: A long way away.

      But were circumstances reasonable, I'd ask to see s21 and MYSELF check with ex-landlord for a reference.


      HB was part of the UC
      No "Housing Allowance" is the housing part of UC, not HB.

      Selling a property does not end a tenancy nor compel tenant to leave.

      For your own sake stop dealing with the person, please.
      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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        #18
        If I was thinking of renting to this person I'd expect my OH to get me sectioned. You're better off with empty property than a tenant like her.

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          #19
          Originally posted by Welshie View Post
          1. They have learning difficulties that make it difficult to manage their finances.
          2. They have a medical condition or a mental health problem that makes it difficult to manage their finances.
          3. They have serious difficulties with reading and writing and this affects their ability to manage their finances.
          4. They are in rent arrears (generally 8 weeks or more).
          5. They are unable to open a bank account or they are overdrawn.
          6. They have severe debt problems.
          7. They are undischarged bankrupt.
          8. They are dealing with an addication to drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc.
          9. They have recently been released from prison.
          Crikey, this guy sounds like an awful tenant.

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            #20
            Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
            Given your other post on her & her father's behaviour I'd walk away: A long way away.

            But were circumstances reasonable, I'd ask to see s21 and MYSELF check with ex-landlord for a reference.


            No "Housing Allowance" is the housing part of UC, not HB.

            Selling a property does not end a tenancy nor compel tenant to leave.

            For your own sake stop dealing with the person, please.
            The Father seems OK , he had £500 which he was wiling to give as a deposit (so she said) , and I told her that I didnt want the £500 .
            She seemed nice and pleasant on the first viewing and OK on the second viewing with her kids .
            Then when we went to the council offices , she was quite rude to the council office workers .
            I was trying to keep on their good side and she was often unpleasant to them
            I even told her to stop being so rude and then I understood why none of the council workers wanted to deal with her, as she had previously stated .
            As she was making a claim for UC , she was abusive to the office worker because the office worker mistakenly said that she was making a claim for job seekers allowance and she then went on a rant about how she works 17 hours per week and doesnt get JSA and lots of other people do no work and get more benefits than she does .
            She then began complaining about having to fill out a form to get UC , filling out a form online on their computer to receive housing benefit /UC for the next few years .
            Getting like £50 000 over the next three years...................and she was moaning and complaining about having to fill an online form out!!!!!!

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              #21
              Originally posted by JK0 View Post

              Crikey, this guy sounds like an awful tenant.
              I know you're only (likely partly) joking, but

              look at it this way, take number 4 out (no landlord likes a tenant in arrears) and yes you may have a tenant who has fallen on difficult times and has some issues (serious or not), but they may be keeping your property in good order and maybe with difficulty they pay their rent

              A tenant with learning diffculties, mental health problems, medical conditions, etc aren't bad people or bad tenants. Nobody is perfect.

              A person who has fallen on bad times financially isn't a bad person or automatically becomes non paying tenants (or non paying mortgage homeowners). Peter Jones made millions, fell on hard times and lost it all (although he gained it all back and more). Can happen to anyone.

              Sorry, went off on a bit of a tangent.

              To the OP, if prospective tenants have you followed in cars and shouted at down the phone, run a mile.

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                #22
                Originally posted by Luke View Post
                The Father seems OK , he had £500 which he was wiling to give as a deposit (so she said) , and I told her that I didnt want the £500.
                Seems ok, well apart from following you around in a car.

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by Welshie View Post

                  Seems ok, well apart from following you around in a car.
                  He was instructed to do so by his daughter .
                  I dont think that he meant any harm , but had he seen his daughter in distress, shouting at me in the street , he may have stepped in and become confrontational .
                  She told him that I wanted the deposit paid immediately (which I didnt)and he wanted to give me £500

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                    #24
                    She is quite a petite youngish Black lady and we were in an area with a large black population .
                    She was screaming at me in the streets about me not caring for her kids because I wouldnt sign the TA
                    I was concerned that a local gangsta would step in to help a sista , because from a passers by point of view , it may look like I was giving her grief

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                      #25
                      Luke - You come across as a victim and one which would accept anyone if they told you a ' sad ' story, she is nuts, and you would also be classed as such if you rent to her, call it a day and find a tenant who is normal and works and would not be in danger of following you around and acting crazy. If you carry on like this then i predict problems coming your way. I am still not 100% sure that your posts are not a wind up as no one i know in the ' landlord world ' would of given her the time of day.

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by Luke View Post
                        When I tried to ask her about ...
                        And you are still considering her?

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by Hudson01 View Post
                          Luke - You come across as a victim and one which would accept anyone if they told you a ' sad ' story, she is nuts, and you would also be classed as such if you rent to her, call it a day and find a tenant who is normal and works and would not be in danger of following you around and acting crazy. If you carry on like this then i predict problems coming your way. I am still not 100% sure that your posts are not a wind up as no one i know in the ' landlord world ' would of given her the time of day.
                          Its completely true .
                          She seemed quite reasonable when we first met and her story seemed to be true .
                          Then she suddenly went crazy .
                          And I will not be proceeding with the T/A

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                            #28
                            Luke you have made a good decision in not renting to her. Well done.

                            I would advise you to find a reputable letting agent, go for 'fully managed' option and let them deal with this for a year. There are some decent online ones if you don't want to go to a local branch. Check out MakeurMove etc.. best part is even if you tenant doesn't pay rent, they can guarantee it for you if they pass the checks. No need for guarantors and the hassle of HB.

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