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    Aggresive Tenent

    I am not actually a landlord, but did not know of anywhere else to post my question. So I hope someone doesn't mind helping!
    I have a year long contract which has started and a couple of tenets have moved in. There are six of us in total. five of us get on fine and have no problems. One girl however is causing problems already. i have heard from those that have moved in that she has threatened to hit two of them already, starts arguments, is very aggressive and generally has anti-social behaviour.
    If her behaviour gets worse and is generally a nightmare, is there anything we can do to get her out of the house? I am pretty sure we would all be united in wanting her out. If she does hit someone, would we be able to take action then?
    I am purely asking so i know what options i have and therefore what method of coping i should take with this girl. If i should lay low, or argue, knowing that i have an ultimatum?
    Thanks

    #2
    It's OK - we try to help all comers, not just landlords! Lots of tenants post questions here.

    Have you all signed the same joint tenancy contract or separate individual ones? And are you students?
    '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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      #3
      In addition to MTGs questions:
      Are you in England/Wales?
      Is the property taller than 2 floors?
      if yes - is there a HMO license displayed anywhere?

      And a 3rd option for MTGs question - do you pay your rent to / have a contract with one of the other occupants, or a live-away landlord?

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        #4
        Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
        It's OK - we try to help all comers, not just landlords! Lots of tenants post questions here.

        Have you all signed the same joint tenancy contract or separate individual ones? And are you students?
        Thank you!
        yes we are students, and we all signed the same contract....

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          #5
          Originally posted by Snorkerz View Post
          In addition to MTGs questions:
          Are you in England/Wales?
          Is the property taller than 2 floors?
          if yes - is there a HMO license displayed anywhere?

          And a 3rd option for MTGs question - do you pay your rent to / have a contract with one of the other occupants, or a live-away landlord?
          In england, property has 3 floors, i am not sure about the last question im afraid? i havent been up there yet.

          well we pay rent to a letting agency and have a live away landlord....

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            #6
            Originally posted by kathryn123 View Post
            is there anything we can do to get her out of the house? I am pretty sure we would all be united in wanting her out.
            You and the other joint tenants can't evict her. The only way she can be evicted against her will is if the LL takes action to evict ALL of you, because you're joint tenants. And, even if LL wanted to, he can't evict you before the end of the fixed term unless there's a serious breach of the tenancy, such as owing a lot of rent.

            If she does hit someone, would we be able to take action then?
            Yes, you could go to the police. It might also be possible to obtain an injunction prohibiting her from going near to the person she attacked

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              #7
              Do you have any idea why she is behaving like this? Is she ill?

              Was she not originally part of your friendship group - otherwise,how did she come to be part of your joint tenancy?

              This is a bit of a long shot, but as you are all students it might be worth speaking to someone at your Uni Accommodation Office. They often help arbitrate when tenancies 'go wrong'.
              '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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                #8
                If you haven't yet moved into the property, you may want to consider NOT moving in as a 6-some. There could of course be some financial penalty*, but it would be considerably less than if you had to move out once the tenancy had begun.

                *Your property will be a 'home in multiple occupation' and should have a license. If it hasn't, it may give you some negotiating power to get out of the contract.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Snorkerz View Post
                  If you haven't yet moved into the property, you may want to consider NOT moving in as a 6-some. There could of course be some financial penalty*, but it would be considerably less than if you had to move out once the tenancy had begun.

                  *Your property will be a 'home in multiple occupation' and should have a license. If it hasn't, it may give you some negotiating power to get out of the contract.
                  But Snorkerz, some of the joint tenants have already moved in. I think the tenancy has begun:


                  Originally posted by kathryn123 View Post
                  I have a year long contract which has started and a couple of tenets have moved in. There are six of us in total. five of us get on fine and have no problems. One girl however is causing problems already. i have heard from those that have moved in that she has threatened to hit two of them already, starts arguments, is very aggressive and generally has anti-social behaviour.
                  '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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                    #10
                    Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
                    But Snorkerz, some of the joint tenants have already moved in. I think the tenancy has begun:
                    Touché MTG - should have read more than just this...

                    Originally posted by kathryn123 View Post
                    i am not sure about the last question im afraid? i havent been up there yet.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Snorkerz View Post
                      Touché MTG - should have read more than just this...
                      Worry not! It's that usual student thing of moving in one at a time over weeks and weeks!
                      '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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                        #12
                        She is not ill that I am aware of. Or have any hidden problems.
                        We were not all in the same friedship group but seemed to all get along fine at the beggining however true colours came out as the year progressed. A weak reason I know!
                        I am pretty sure we have an HMO license, I just am not sure about it being 'displayed'.
                        And yes, some of the tenents have already moved in.
                        It sounds as if the only way something could be done is if she did actually hit someone?
                        Thank you for the help!

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                          #13
                          What a lovely start to the year!

                          I would second MTG's suggestion to see if your University has any mediation services.

                          I would also suggest a very quick house meeting with all the tenants where it is calmly and clearly said that this behaviour is not acceptable.

                          If she does assault anyone then do phone the Police. This person may well have issues but until they are prepared to face and deal with them then there is nothing you can do to help.
                          There is always scope for misinterpretation.

                          If my posts can be interpreted in two ways, one that makes you feel angry and one that doesn't, I meant the latter.

                          Everyday is an opportunity to learn something new.

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