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    Should I kick out tenant?

    Regular readers have probably read my posts about my tenant who finds something for me to repair roughly once a fortnight.

    Here: http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...avoid-eviction

    and here: http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...967#post399967

    She has been in the flat since 15th September and I have been called out eight times. Now this lady is paying a very good rent, but since she moved in I have been called out for:

    1.) Mould in bathroom
    2.) Immersion heater thermostat
    3.) Immersion heater fuse
    4.) Immersion heater spur box
    5.) Basin tap
    6.) Bath tap & storage heater
    7.) Storage heater setting & electricity meter
    8.) Hob, and now the oven

    She is a perfectly pleasant woman and we get on well. However, intentionally or not, she manages to keep damaging the fittings in her flat.

    What would other landlords do?
    To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

    #2
    Evening, this is an interesting point.

    What's causing the damage; general wear and tear?

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      #3
      Originally posted by Dan_Manchester View Post
      Evening, this is an interesting point.

      What's causing the damage; general wear and tear?
      It's difficult to tell Dan. I spent several weeks going over the place before she moved in making sure everything worked.

      The mould is a lack of ventilation.

      The immersion heater is a mystery. (I suspect small people kept switching it off ).

      The taps all worked okay when I let the place. The washers on the glands I replaced looked shredded by turning off too hard, but of course I never inspected them beforehand, so cannot prove anything.

      The storage heater overheated due to junk piled up against it.

      I don't know what has caused the hob and oven problem. Eric the lobster suggested flooding. I find it hard to believe this was accidental.

      Also, there is a badly blistered worktop ring that I noticed on my last visit.
      To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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        #4
        Boot out, notices delivered January, hint early surrender acceptable.

        Bet she don't go quietly...

        Cheers & merry Xmas to all my readers..
        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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          #5
          Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
          Boot out, notices delivered January, hint early surrender acceptable.

          Bet she don't go quietly...

          Cheers & merry Xmas to all my readers..
          I can't agree, as JKO says she is paying a good rent, and the clue is in the word 'paying'.

          Maybe she needs to be educated a little, maybe JKO can find out if she is indeed 'heavy handed'. Nothing so far sounds too expensive.

          A new proverb for you,

          A tenant paying rent is worth a lot more than another tenant you don't know.

          My next post may be even more maudlin than this one, it is Christmas eve after all, excuse me while I get a refill.
          I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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            #6
            It's a tough one, if you have a good relationship with her and she is paying good rent then I'd probably stick with it for a few more months explaining that situations like the storage heater where its damaged due to stacking stuff against it then the cost of the repair is chargeable.

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              #7
              Nothing's free and apparently the good rent she pays comes at a price. If all what JK0 says he was called out for resulted in him spending time on the issue and paying to fix it, I'm guessing that she is costing him more than the extra rent.
              Only JK0 can do the math and set his own threshold

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                #8
                Still think she's a "High maintenance" tenant not worth the bother...but 'twould be interesting to contact her previous landlord(s) and find out their views... then decide what to do....

                Cheers!
                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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                  #9
                  Thanks guys.

                  I had a similar tenant about ten years ago in a flat in Bournemouth. I could see she was wrecking the place within the first six months. I decided to let her stay on, just to try to recoup some of my losses. She stayed three years in the end, and I sold the building.

                  I think maybe I will do the same with this lady.
                  To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                    Thanks guys.

                    I had a similar tenant about ten years ago in a flat in Bournemouth. I could see she was wrecking the place within the first six months. I decided to let her stay on, just to try to recoup some of my losses. She stayed three years in the end, and I sold the building.

                    I think maybe I will do the same with this lady.
                    Very wise I think, this one may stay on for even longer once she realises she has a good landlord.
                    I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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                      #11
                      We have had threads on here before about a 'tenant handbook' for an individual property.

                      Things like booklets on ventilation/condensation, instruction books for the boiler (I'd include a v simplified 'own version' too), fire safety etc etc.

                      Even if tenant ignores it, each time a problem arises, LL can say 'as you see on page 4 this has happened because. . .' and, over time, tenant may learn to read the darn book.

                      Suggest a 'out of reach' catch if the immersion is in an 'airing cupboard'.

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                        #12
                        Only you can decide JKO. It seems to me like regular paid rent V damage and constant complaints. I'd go with getting rid myself.

                        As an aside just done Christmas dinner for extended family. A person not directly related spills glass of Morgon, breaks glass, wine goes over me and brand new John Lewis pale coloured curtains. Person ( a male ) gets tearfull but no apology!!! Spend rest of meal trying to wash curtains in bath and changing my clothes. Will he be going -YES!!



                        Freedom at the point of zero............

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Interlaken View Post
                          Only you can decide JKO. It seems to me like regular paid rent V damage and constant complaints. I'd go with getting rid myself.

                          As an aside just done Christmas dinner for extended family. A person not directly related spills glass of Morgon, breaks glass, wine goes over me and brand new John Lewis pale coloured curtains. Person ( a male ) gets tearfull but no apology!!! Spend rest of meal trying to wash curtains in bath and changing my clothes. Will he be going -YES!!
                          Sorry to hear about the wine accident. I'm hoping that once all the jobs have been done that my tenant won't have anything more to complain about, and will leave me in peace for a bit. Is that a forlorn hope?
                          To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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                            #14
                            Yes as I predict jobs will only need doing again - Groundhog Day stylie.



                            Freedom at the point of zero............

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Interlaken View Post
                              Only you can decide JKO. It seems to me like regular paid rent V damage and constant complaints. I'd go with getting rid myself.

                              As an aside just done Christmas dinner for extended family. A person not directly related spills glass of Morgon, breaks glass, wine goes over me and brand new John Lewis pale coloured curtains. Person ( a male ) gets tearfull but no apology!!! Spend rest of meal trying to wash curtains in bath and changing my clothes. Will he be going -YES!!
                              Home insurance - accidential damage cover? Good luck...

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