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    Another way to suffer from Covid

    Hi Guys

    Yes, sorry, this is another tale of woe, for which I apologise in advance....

    FirstIy, I have Multiple Sclerosis, and as a result, can no longer work in my professional field.

    For this reason, I have recently rented out my former home, as a means of a small extra income.

    A very plausible young man viewed, and convinced me to take a chance on him, without references.....I know, I know, what the **** was I thinking? But he was very charming..
    He paid three months up front, but when the rent became due, NOTHING. There are now no rent payments from him, even though he can well afford them. He WILL NOT communicate with me in any way, and all the legal letters have also been ignored. The mid-term inspection requests by a professional company have been ignored, and they report that the mobile number is blocked.. Meaning I cannot see how he is treating the house inside, although the neighbours have complained about the outside.

    To cut a long story short, the six month contract ends in three months. You guys obviously know this, but apparently I have to wait al least another month, before giving him another SIX months notice to vacate, then I have all the other court bailiff stuff after that. While he continues to treat my house like ****, and I mount up debts that I seriously cannot afford.
    I only took out the Buy-to-Let Mortgage three months ago, can I really go to them and ask for six months payment holiday so soon?

    Let's be clear, I believe he knew damn well what he was doing, and never intended to pay rent, surely that counts as Ground 17 False Statement?

    It is not going over the top to tell you, that I am literally at the end of my tether, the stress making my condition worse, so much so that I have just spent the last four days unable to get out of bed. Not to mention the toll on my relationship

    (name removed) Seems I can't warn anyone else of unscrupulous tenants, probably by law....no wonder they get away with this...

    Thanks for your time guys.

    Simon

    #2
    Please remove names
    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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      #3
      Sorry, this is happened to you, but there is little you can currently do until the tenant is in at least 6 months rent arrears. I doubt you would be able to prove that he made false statements so I don't think this ground is a flyer. If you are inexperienced, I suggest you seek help with the eviction from an eviction specialist.

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        #4
        You've learnt a very hard lesson, hopefully you served all the right paperwork and protected the deposit (if you took a deposit), the only thing you can do is wait until the rent debt is 6months and then serve notice, get all this ready u and monthly send a statement to the T of the outstanding amount.

        Any communications you engage in with the T, follow it up with an email stating what was agreed during the call and send it to the T. Suggest a payment plan. These measures will mitigate and look favourable with the courts.

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          #5
          I'd be starting money claim online (MCOL), getting him a ccj and an attachment of earnings.

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            #6
            I would use bailiffs if you know the tenant has money.

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              #7
              You say he can afford the rent... how do you know that ? Does he work ? The idea of claiming under a '' false statement '' will be very difficult to prove, i would seek the assistance of a professional agency who can check all your paperwork and get this parasite out.

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                #8
                I know full well he can pay the rent, he drives a three year old Mercedes, and paid 3 months rent up-front, plus deposit (lodged with MyDeposits within time).
                The neighbours tell me he's out working all day, while she sits at home smoking weed. They have a dog too, against the contract (Oh, the meaningless contract, after it expires in May, he'll still have the right to live there, still paying nothing)....I don't know how you guys just accept these appallingly one sided laws, that are so open to abuse by the unscrupulous...

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                  #9
                  As advised above issue a pre action letter and then start MCOL as soon as possible.

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                    #10
                    Maybe he bought the 3 year old car 3 years ago, in cash, when he was better off. He might be working now all day on minimum wage. I hope your contract says something like 'pets, whether agreed or not will incur a rent increase of £x pcm'.

                    I very much doubt any landlords are accepting these one sided laws, is there any choice?.... and that might well be why so many landlords are selling up.

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                      #11
                      I've been told he does work for other landlords, repairing damage caused by **** tenants, he isn't working on minimum wage, that will be me, trying to pay my bills with no rent coming in, as much as I can, given my condition.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Berlingogirl View Post
                        Maybe he bought the 3 year old car 3 years ago, in cash, when he was better off. He might be working now all day on minimum wage. I hope your contract says something like 'pets, whether agreed or not will incur a rent increase of £x pcm'.

                        I very much doubt any landlords are accepting these one sided laws, is there any choice?.... and that might well be why so many landlords are selling up.
                        Apologies if I sounded flippant, I just feel majority groups should try and use their numbers to dictate policy more....but I guess you could use that argument against lockdown.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Berlingogirl View Post
                          I very much doubt any landlords are accepting these one sided laws, is there any choice?.... and that might well be why so many landlords are selling up.
                          This is true, it's not like we have much choice, the ultimate choice we all have is to exit the market and sell up, idiot tenants are a real danger but they are not the reason i am giving it serious consideration......... it's the forthcoming EPC of C, that is the straw that will break this camels back, yes all the other nonsense and the anti LL crap the govt have heaped upon us has also added to my decision making but the final one is the EPC. I have until 2026 then it is decision time, if the landscape is as bad as it is today (or more likely worse) then i am out.

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                            #14
                            I'm sorry for your situation. There seem to be more and more tenants taking the p*** just because they can. Yes issue an MCOL. Perhaps also contact your MP. They get a one-sided view from tenants, they need to know how it is effecting you and others in your position.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by royw View Post
                              I'm sorry for your situation. There seem to be more and more tenants taking the p*** just because they can. Yes issue an MCOL. Perhaps also contact your MP. They get a one-sided view from tenants, they need to know how it is effecting you and others in your position.
                              I contacted my MP, she just passed on the standard letter thanking LL's for their co-operation - as if we had any choice.

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