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    Blocked in - What would you have done?

    I'm hoping I can get some advice on how better to deal with a situation I found myself in a few months back.

    I'd gone to meet a tenant being evicted to do a check out.

    Tenant arrived, followed by......... parents!

    These parents were very angry.

    Before I could leave one of the rooms the parents blocked the door preventing me from leaving.

    One held a mop, the other a brush (could have been quite innocent?)

    They then proceeded to verbally lay into me demanding why their child was being evicted - much aggressive shouting and accusations
    ensued (kid was 25)

    In hindsight, I think I dealt with the situation reasonably well in that I didn't rise to the bait and engage in a full scale shouting match.

    I calmly stood my ground and simply listened until my partner arrived when they left but I believe I could have handled it better by not accepting
    them blocking the door or allowing such a situation to occur in the first place.

    Had I been armed with the correct wording I'd like to think I'd have been able to put an end to the situation swiftly and leave the room.

    Some haven't come out of similar situations it so well - One landlord I know ended up in hospital with life threatening injuries - others had properties
    destroyed.

    There is the potential for things to turn quite nasty when we're dealing with the serious issue of a roof over someones head.

    #2
    Had the property been returned to your possession, or was that in process?
    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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      #3
      By evicted do you mean through bailiffs or HCEO, do did you mean them voluntarily (even if unhappily) leaving at some point before that? In the first case, it's what you're paying the bailiffs/HCEOs for, let them take the heat while you're around the corner or having coffee in a nearby coffee shop. In the latter, if you genuinely feel threaten, call the police and explain the situation. Don't get into a shouting match or try to force your way through etc. You can explain to the tenant('s family or friends) that preventing you from leaving the room constitute false imprisonment and that they have to move and let you out.
      I am not a lawyer, nor am I licensed to provide any regulated advice. None of my posts should be treated as legal or financial advice.

      I do not answer questions through private messages which should be posted publicly on the forum.

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        #4
        To put this in context -- evicted because .................................................. ........

        a) Just a random cruel decision
        b) Not paying rent
        c) Destroying the place
        d) Breaching some fundamental aspect of the contract

        What?

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          #5
          Indeed:. S8 or s21 issued?

          Court PO?

          Bailiffs in attendance also? (If not, it was nae no eviction..)
          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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            #6
            Don't delude yourself that 'the right words' are all that is required.

            People react how they react. You may find it annoying if someone cuts you up in the car. Another may get so angry that they force the other driver off the road.

            The only person you can control is you. Everything else is risk management.

            You were going to an eviction. This is never going to be pleasant. The management solution? Don't go alone, make sure you have informed somebody where you are going, why you are going, how long you are going to be and leave them instructions if they don't hear from you by X.

            In you situation, why would the parents wish to listen to the person evicting their 'perfect' child?
            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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              #7
              I'm mystified why anyone would try and do a check out in the middle of an eviction. It's bound to be fraught and messy, isn't it?

              Parents were probably upset their delinquent offspring would be landing up back home, just after their bedroom was turned into mum's sewing room.

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                #8
                Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                Parents were probably upset their delinquent offspring would be landing up back home, just after their bedroom was turned into mum's sewing room.
                Love it! Probably right too.

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                  #9
                  Tenant was issued with section 8 on grounds of being a nuisance.
                  Property type - professional HMO.
                  Numerous lengthy complaints from other housemates via email and phone calls describing, highly disruptive and
                  inappropriate behavior, co-housemates found they were unable to reason with nusiance tenant.
                  I had attempted to mediate, speaking directly with all involved, always with the intention of seeking a fair
                  solution.
                  When this failed, the correct legal procedures were followed and a section 8 was issued.
                  I then offered tenant the alternative option to sign a surrender of tenancy and a 1 weeks rent refund to assist
                  with a deposit towards alternative accommodation on the condition they chose to leave within a month.
                  Tenant agreed to meet both my partner and I to sign surrender form preventing sec 8 going ahead .
                  My partner who was initially with me left the room with tenant to check house.
                  It was at that point that the parents blocked the door as I intended to follow.
                  Some minutes later , my partner returned to the room with tenant.
                  The section 8 was a last resort.
                  As mentioned, I'd spent time prior to this mediating with this tenant and other housemates.
                  I'd spoken with the them about the issue and offered a solution which was rejected.
                  Good tenants had expressed intention to leave due to this persons behavior.
                  In hindsight, I agree with the suggestion that a check out under such circumstances is a job for someone else.
                  That said, some tenant facing issues are unavoidable unless we were to employ a property manager.
                  I was interested to know how others might have handled the situation - I agree - the correct wording isn't
                  always going to help but sometimes it can.
                  It became fairly obvious the tenant hadn't told parents the reason for section 8 so they arrived under very false presumptions
                  believing their child to be the victim of unfair treatment.

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