10:54 AM, 9th March 2021, About 7 months ago 8
A challenging weekend! I have two tenants in two one-bed flats.
Tenant B calls me in a right state to Tenant A, is smashing up his own flat and trying to break down the door to Tenant B’s flat, so much so that B cannot now actually get out of his flat at all so much is the damage to his front door. There has been no argument between them, but B suspects A might be having a crisis. (A prone to depression etc). There is no one else with A in the flat.
I advise B to call the police straight away, which he does, and I do the same.
Ambulances arrive, and they try to get into A’s door. Unsure if A is still in or had left the building. Police/locksmith enter to find A has gone, and locksmith able to get B’s trashed door open, so he can get out.
B leaves to go and stay with his family as he is frightened and scared and his door secured as best as possible. A’s flat door is also secured and police leave saying Mental Health services have been alerted.
The main flat communal door lock has also been smashed up so a new lock fitted. B has a key, and a locksmith holding a key. Police advise not to let A back in via the communal door or give him a key to the communal door and to call them first if he turns up. His is still ‘missing’. Police have noted all the damage and are preparing a criminal damage report.
Police called me again this morning. He still hasn’t been sighted, and they have updated other agencies to this effect, and still advise me not to let him into the building until he has seen a GP/MH assessor/attended hospital or the Police attend the property if he turns up.
B is really upset by this and clearly nervous about going back to his flat until A has been seen by a professional, and of course, if I let A back in without him being seen I risk my property, and both flats being trashed again.
BUT – can I deny A entry on this temporary basis? I can’t MAKE him see a Mental Health specialist or seek help, but at the same time, I can’t deny him access.
Do I contact the Council to tell them about this situation, or do I just wait till he turns up?
Any advice anyone?
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