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    Tenant Harassing Landlord

    Hi LZ users,

    I was wondering whether anyone knows of any authority (case law and/or statute) pertaining to the issue of tenants harassing their landlords.

    The brief facts:
    Landlord has appointed agent, yet tenant is still contacting him at unreasonable times (texts and phone calls).

    Tenant stated that there was a break in. Landlord cross checked with police and this was untrue (police said nothing was untoward when they arrived on the scene).

    Tenant has commenced harassment case against landlord, yet always calls and demands to talk to him. Obviously, the landlord does not want to engage in this, as this may be used against him.

    Would be very grateful for any information as to what remedies may be available to the Landlord.

    Thanks

    #2
    Originally posted by Abraham View Post
    Hi LZ users,

    I was wondering whether anyone knows of any authority (case law and/or statute) pertaining to the issue of tenants harassing their landlords.

    The brief facts:
    Landlord has appointed agent, yet tenant is still contacting him at unreasonable times (texts and phone calls).

    Tenant stated that there was a break in. Landlord cross checked with police and this was untrue (police said nothing was untoward when they arrived on the scene).

    Tenant has commenced harassment case against landlord, yet always calls and demands to talk to him. Obviously, the landlord does not want to engage in this, as this may be used against him.

    Would be very grateful for any information as to what remedies may be available to the Landlord.

    Thanks
    I wouldn't have thought that it would matter whether it is tenant and LL.

    Has the landlord requested the tenant do not contact him?
    Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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      #3
      Yes he has and he appointed an agent.

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        #4
        LL's agent or solicitor should write to T giving agent's contact details and clear instruction to contact agent in case of valid concerns to do with the tenancy. Advise T that his frequent attempts to contact LL are harassment and must stop or he will be reported to police.

        Consider changing mobile number and/or blocking calls from T's phone.

        I suggest s21 is served to require possession as soon as legally possible.

        Log any further instances of harassment and if it persists, report to police.
        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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          #5
          Originally posted by mind the gap View Post

          Consider changing mobile number and/or blocking calls from T's phone.

          .
          BT call it the "right to refuse" service it cost £3.50 a month and works with withheld numbers. You simply dial in a code after you have received the offending call.

          Rather than change mobile number I would place the tenants numbers in your contact list and assign a silence ring tone to them. That way you keep your phone on for call from everybody else but succesfully miss calls from T

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            #6
            Originally posted by matthew_henson View Post
            BT call it the "right to refuse" service it cost £3.50 a month and works with withheld numbers. You simply dial in a code after you have received the offending call.

            Rather than change mobile number I would place the tenants numbers in your contact list and assign a silence ring tone to them. That way you keep your phone on for call from everybody else but succesfully miss calls from T
            Isn't there a way of asking BT to put a block on a number without having to wait for that person to ring you and receive the call first?

            You can certainly block numbers coming to your mobile (assuming you know the offender's number, of course).
            'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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              #7
              All this talk of phones is interesting, but misses one important point. Does tenant know where landlord lives?

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                #8
                Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
                Isn't there a way of asking BT to put a block on a number without having to wait for that person to ring you and receive the call first?

                You can certainly block numbers coming to your mobile (assuming you know the offender's number, of course).
                Yes it is all automated, once the service is switch on you can add as many number as you like using your phone key pad. The post call function is useful if the number is withheld or the offender uses different numbers to call.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by bullybantam View Post
                  All this talk of phones is interesting, but misses one important point. Does tenant know where landlord lives?
                  If T complied with section 48 of the 1987 LTA..... most likley

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by matthew_henson View Post
                    If T complied with section 48 of the 1987 LTA..... most likley
                    Well, if LL complied with it, really. But if T starts hanging around/stalking LL at home, LL has even more evidence/reason to call the police, doesn't he?

                    T sounds unhinged.
                    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                      #11
                      Whatever you do, get it sorted before it escalates into something like these below:-

                      http://www.residentiallandlord.co.uk/news1391.html

                      http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/ne...l/article.html

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by matthew_henson View Post
                        If T complied with section 48 of the 1987 LTA..... most likley
                        The T does know LL's address. There has beeen an attempt to break into LL's car, but there is no proof it was T.

                        T text's often, even if no response is made. Strange.

                        thanks all!

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
                          LL's agent or solicitor should write to T giving agent's contact details and clear instruction to contact agent in case of valid concerns to do with the tenancy. Advise T that his frequent attempts to contact LL are harassment and must stop or he will be reported to police.

                          Consider changing mobile number and/or blocking calls from T's phone.

                          I suggest s21 is served to require possession as soon as legally possible.

                          Log any further instances of harassment and if it persists, report to police.
                          Thanks for that, thats the next action!

                          Possession proceedings are on going, with a few glitches made by the court.

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                            #14
                            You may find it useful to read the law on harassment.

                            http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1997..._19970040_en_1

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