11:42 AM, 20th April 2015, About 7 years ago 18
Joint tenants signed 6 month AST, before the 6 months were up (November time) the couple broke up and the wife remained in the property. The husband was asked to write to me expressing his wishes to be removed from the AST, he never did. After the 6 months the wife stayed in the property but I never got her to complete a new AST and let it roll over. Prior to knowing they had split up in November I had already sent a section 21.
The wife was having trouble with the husband and what with having the children put into care, I allowed the wife to stay but we had lots of discussions that her 3 bed house was too big for just her and she assured me she was looking for a smaller house, I knew she was also fighting to get her children back.
Recently the council suddenly decided that she had been overpaid at her last address and have been taking the overpayment off me. She was supposed to be making regular payments to bring her rent up to date, she is now in arrears of over £800.00. whenever I wrote to her to complete an inspection she was rarely in and I would always have to rebook, the letters were always hand posted and I took photos as proof, though she always denied having received them.
There was an issue a couple of weeks ago, she was keeping a rabbit in her bedroom, AST states no pets. A couple of weeks before that she had a dog, a neighbour complained that the dog was barking all night and I had to intervene.
February 10th I issued another section 21 and advised her that wanted her out for good this time, she was due to be out 17th April. Last weekend she messaged me and advised that she was in hospital having an operation and needed several weeks to recover and needed to stay at the address. I advised that if she paid all the outstanding rent she could stay a few weeks until recovered, but she must then vacate the premises. I heard nothing.
I turned up at the address today hoping that she would have gone, I banged on the door and shouted her name time & time again, nothing so I let myself in. All her stuff was still there and I heard somebody upstairs so I sat down in the front room and waited, after 10 minutes the police turned up as they have been advised that there was a burgulary in progress. Tenant came downstairs with a new boyfriend and another person.
Boyfriend said she didn’t receive the section 21 dated February and the copy I posted a few weeks ago is invaild as I wrote over it ” Lorraine Copy” and a few other details.
The police were great and advised that it was a civil matter and they wouldn’t be getting involved. They also advised me that the tenant knew what she was doing by calling them. They managed to gain a phone number for me (tenant had changed numbers and stated that she didn’t have a phone) They also advised me to seek advice as the tenant had stated that she wasn’t leaving.
I received a letter from the Council on Friday stating that all payments to me were being stopped from 13th April.
Anyway I left and now need to get them out as quickly as possible, as I have given her so much of my time and energy. I want to know If I go to high court, how quick can I get her out and start afresh with a new tenant and is this the best option.
I always wanted to give her a chance in life and knew that she and her husband were in financial trouble and that’s why the council were good at paying me direct, that is until they recently decided to take the overpayment of the last property from me.
The bond is protected but is only for £540.00, I will do my best to get it paid to me.
I’m not disheartened with property and have no feelings for the tenant, I will not put myself in this situation again and will never take on another vulnerable tenant. This is a business after all but I need advice how to proceed for the quickest result and don’t want the courts to take her side.