How can I help a previously homeless tenant?Make Text Bigger
A few months ago I posted regarding my sale to a company who specialised in letting to charities placing homeless people. I was very much taken in by this and found that my tenants in place were given massive rent increases so it was eviction by another name.
I’ve managed to help a few of them (not enough), but moving on from that I’ve now been contacted by the only one left (out of 11) who is being threatened by the new ‘landlord’/owner and told that he will be ‘out in a couple of weeks’. This tenant has nowhere to go, cannot pay the huge increase in rent and his little flat (no more than a room in size but self contained) is being subjected to changes as the new owner takes out the common heating/hot water services and puts in individual so he and the other tenants will have to pay for the services as well as council tax and the increased rent. Irony with this is that settled tenants were made homeless to house the homeless and I could say a lot more.
He rang me yesterday being very brave, he does have challenges in his life. I had him for a tenant for 10 years and we saw a lot through together, but now I’m quite fearful if he is ousted by this Rachman character he cannot afford another place. Oddly I don’t know who he turns to. I’ve suggested Environment Health as his radiators have been ripped out while he is occupying the place, likewise new electrics and other works being done round him and also the workmen are entering without notice or consent. He works shifts so generally in sleeping daytime.
I’ve told him to get down to the council offices, but still really at a loss to get him immediate help. Anyone out there who know where he can go as a first port of call for help and action to stop this and stop him ending up on the streets? I’ve even spoken to the ‘charity’ who were unaware of the actions of the landlord (so they say) but they only supply the ‘tenants/clients’ who then pay rent via benefits. Loads more to this, but I need to concentrate on helping this old tenant of mine.
The new owner has already threatened me with ‘libel’ because I copied the estate agent in to an email to him where I told him what I thought of his ‘business plan’ which is essentially making people homeless to house the homeless as they pay more rent via the benefit system – he’s a nasty piece of work – however whilst I can’t let him get away with this my priority is more to help the tenant at this stage.
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