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    Just an update that our nightmare is over.

    We changed the locks with permission of the council but were afraid the tenant would wait for a new tenant before claiming illegal eviction.

    She did leave a lot of junk behind but made no contact and ignored our efforts to contact her.

    Finally before applying for a possession order to be sure,we tried one last time to contact her. We offered her 100 pound cash to buy her bed (which will be going straight to the dump!)

    She quickly responded accepting our offer 😂. She came to collect her money and we gave her a deed of surrender to sign before she was paid.

    It was heartbreaking giving her anything since she owes over 2k and has left hundreds more in damage but was worth it to avoid worrying what she was up to and if she would come back.


      Did the deed of surrender absolve her of the £2k & damage?

      Hope things improve: Good luck!
      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...


        Thanks artful. Unfortunately we have no chance of ever seeing that money again and it's not even worth trying. Her life is now so controlled by drugs she will never have anything.

        We have the property back though and have learnt so much for future tenants. Now to get on with getting it in a suitable state to re let.

        It needs an awful lot of work and we've now discovered huge dents and holes in walls that she's made and the whole place needs replastered. Damp has began in one Of the bedrooms, presumably because of the lack of gas in 8 month.

        It's a sad state of affairs really. She was working when she took then tenancy and was no problem at all for the first year and half.


          Sorry to hear that: Hopefully she will get her life back.

          I've had "fun" with tenants: One lot decided to steal the carpets (not an issues as I had anyway planned to re-carpet throughout) and in doing so ripped the storage rads off the walls. And worse....

          Hey ho, hope the next ones are better!
          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...


            Good luck to you too and thank you all for advice given


              It is stomach churning that people can go through their lives in that way with no respect for other people or property, together with the backing of several laws which are balanced in their favour so all you can do is sit back and watch whilst a panfully slow system gets your property back.

              Then they go and do the same thing again to another unsuspecting landlord.

              We all have our nightmare tenant stories and I have a cracker for you.

              One of my ex tenants broke into another one of my houses (the house next door) and caused significant damage by stealing the metal out of it, boiler, radiators etc and the place was left with water running through it for 3 days. He was caught by police and given a pathetic community service order and ordered to pay me £1200, which I receive at a pitiful £10 per month.

              I then had to go through section 21 to get him out of the other house, and every day I would see this scumbag whilst I was putting the neighboring house back together again. I did LOTS of unnecessary banging at early hours of morning to make myself feel a bit better

              He has since been rearrested and thrown in jail for further robbery of slate from a church roof!


                Which please are those "several laws"?
                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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