Tenant handed me a Rent Cessation Notice

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    #16
    Agree with at least the 3 responses above.

    And still some landlords wonder why landlords have bad reputations.

    Artful, Landlord since 2000
    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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      #17
      Shameful attitude and behaviour.

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        #18
        Originally posted by ColinHH View Post
        Sorry that you all find it so hilarious. This isn't a wind-up. It is what happened. I'm frank and say it like it is, no messing about.
        In which case, frankly, you're an idiot.

        You haven't said "it like it is."
        You've made a meaningless threat to do something illegal, the threat of which itself is probably a criminal offence.
        It would take the tenant a couple of minutes to understand that your threat is hollow.
        There is literally nothing in your text that's remotely like it is, unless you have now actually served notice.

        There's a time for frank, and there's a time for realising that a) you're probably in the wrong and b) escalating things isn't going to help.

        You've failed to address two leaks that have caused damage and distress to your tenant (who, remember is your customer) and have clearly stopped trying to address the issue.

        And, in the face of a stupid move by your tenant, you've decided to massively escalate the situation which, frankly, deserved the response it got.

        And how do you think that text is going to look in court?
        Judges don't like to make people homeless at the best of times, and your "frank" response is going to look worse to a judge in court than it did to us on a forum.
        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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          #19
          Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post

          And still some landlords wonder why landlords have bad reputations.
          Why? This is not from a regular poster. Do the posts even sound remotely rational or credible?

          It may be just some keen intern from a housing charity trolling landlord forums for 'evidence'.


          *Original post and thread reported.

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            #20
            I could say that if leasehold, you contact the managing agent / company and demand they enter the flat in an emergency to stop the leaks - if still present. and secure the door, You also demand the 3rd floor owner fix your flat and pay for the alternative accomodation-----

            But I can't be bothered as you don't have a clue, but above is something to do tomorrow, tuesday with the agents. At least I try to be helpful even if i cant be bothered.
            It wont be the firstime i was in Spain and had to get emergency work done.

            You are running a business, so like me, go on a business course ( mine was 3 months full time ), or gen up on Leasehold / and letting rules, regulations and LAWS.

            Have a nice day Tuesday, and --- DO IT.


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              #21
              Originally posted by ColinHH View Post
              I can't access the third floor flat because the owner can't be contacted so it's unclear as to how access can be gained to stop the leak.
              You may not be able too but if the leak is '' active '' and causing damage then the Police can enter under Section 17 (1) (E) PACE 1984.

              As said by others, i would suggest some serious LL training to know what you can, and cannot do.



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                #22
                There must be a legal way to cope with an active leak from an empty flat. I would expect the block freeholder to break in to cut off the warer and reduce further damage. If i was th e freeholder i would do that.

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                  #23
                  Blatant illegal harassment you need to apply for a restraining order on this fruitcake as her demands will only get worse.

                  Mod - DO NOT PROPOSE ILLEGAL ACTIONS

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Codger View Post
                    There must be a legal way to cope with an active leak from an empty flat. I would expect the block freeholder to break in to cut off the warer and reduce further damage. If i was th e freeholder i would do that.
                    Easy way to do this is with t & g plastic panels stuck on the ceiling with no more nails , with a drain hole in the corner.

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by Section20z View Post
                      Blatant illegal harassment you need to apply for a restraining order on this fruitcake as her demands will only get worse.
                      I completely agree with you on this! I want her out asap. I signed up with an eviction specialist on the Romford Road in East Ham and they are currently doing a BOGOF so I'm hoping to get in touch with the third floor owner and combine my claim with his to evict both the violin playing schizophrenic tenant I currently have and his ne-er-do-well of a drug addict tenant.

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                        #26
                        I think this thread just jumped the shark

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                          #27
                          I wish no more nails worked on wet ceilings. I have tried but the plastic cladding falls off.

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                            #28
                            Damn it I just ran out of Popcorn when this was getting interesting. Surely the caretaker has a key or a way to access the third floor flat or am I missing something?

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                              #29
                              Hi all, thanks for all the warm messages of support. I'm now in the Algarve so can't go round to the Tenant's flat myself. Can anyone recommend who is the best eviction specialist? There was a feature on Radio 2 today as I was in the departures lounge and Paul Shamlina was on, saying some tenants owe 30 months rent arrears and others had left the properties filthy and trashed. I want to avoid this as I feel this is only just the beginning with this Tenant and now she has served me with this Rent Cessor Notice, I must instruct lawyers and get her out asap. I was wondering if a call to the DWP Fraud Team that she is working whilst claiming benefits might result in an investigation which would suspend her benefits and start the ball rolling? Has anyone tried this technique? Or perhaps disconnecting the electricity and gas?

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by ColinHH View Post
                                Or perhaps disconnecting the electricity and gas?
                                Ha! Ha! Ha! Further 'evidence' for stricter landlord legislation?

                                Originally posted by ColinHH View Post
                                Has anyone tried this technique?
                                Peter Rachman tried it in the 1950's.

                                (As this poster has been reported and the moderators have ignored it, they now seem fair game for ridicule.)

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