Emergency Eviction??

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15:33 PM, 10th June 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Emergency Eviction??

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Emergency Eviction??

Had a few issues with my current tenant (Mr X), but it has all kicked off tonight. The other tenant nextdoor tells me the Police have been called to flat as Mr X kicked off and threatening to kill himself after a drink and drugs combo mixed with existing meds he has to take for medical issues. Has just been arrested apparently under the Mental Heath Act (and after going for the woman PC) and taken away – I assume to a local secure facility.

The neighbour informs me before door to flat was slammed shut by Police it has been trashed with blood etc all over the carpet and syringes everywhere.

What do I do next? Assume an urgent call to the Council tomorrow to let them know the situation and the fact he clearly can’t return?

Can I change the locks now to stop him going back in but post something on the door to tell him I will grant him access to take his stuff if he contacts me??

Reluctant Landlord



Comments

James Mann

15:28 PM, 11th June 2020
About 4 weeks ago

If you kick him out without going through the due legal process and the council win in to court you will not be able to be a landlord again due to the criminal conviction that you will receive.

Beaver

19:23 PM, 11th June 2020
About 4 weeks ago

I would give him 24 hours notice of a landlords inspection, then go in and take photographic evidence but of course only wearing suitable protective gear. Don't touch anything or do any tidying up - take a video, photos, ideally a witness who doesn't mind going in. Look for anything that is in breach of the tenancy agreement.

David Rundle

19:38 PM, 11th June 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Courts are open for emergency injunctions To prevent harm to neighbours- recommend landlord action contact

Possession Friend

19:44 PM, 11th June 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by David Rundle at 11/06/2020 - 19:38
We handle Anti Social Behaviour and difficult Possession cases ( at reasonable rate )

Dancinglandlord

7:46 AM, 12th June 2020
About 4 weeks ago

I have had a similar problem and my experience is that you need to start eviction procedures so that he can be rehoused by people who specialise in people with problems - they will often not intervene until the person in question is faced with being on the street. Normal eviction procedures apply, but speaking to the council and the relevant charities that do this work earlier will help your case. It's a godforsaken job to keep people in this state cared for, but the alternatives are more homeless people in a worse state. As landlords we are not in a position to do this job, but we can't honestly say that we want more homeless people. I think the best we can do is to lobby for a specialised fast track 'eviction-into-safe-housing' procedure for tenants who turn out to have serious addictions or mental health issues. Let's try and be part of the solution?

Kate Mellor

9:59 AM, 12th June 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Dancinglandlord at 12/06/2020 - 07:46
Totally agree. We had no trouble moving our tenant on who had severe mental health issues. He was rehoused quite quickly as a vulnerable person by the authorities. Once we’d given him notice the council stepped in and found him somewhere to live. I felt sorry for him but he was upsetting the other tenants in the flats and becoming violent. He absolutely couldn’t stay.

Possession Friend

11:02 AM, 12th June 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Kate Mellor at 12/06/2020 - 09:59
When dealing with complex eviction cases, Kate is right that as well as the normal eviction process, there are other factors and agencies that can be communicated with ( that sometimes ! ) can work in symmetry with the legal process.
We have experience of a range of social agencies and their modus operandi.

Robert Mellors

11:59 AM, 12th June 2020
About 4 weeks ago

We (Choice Housing Trust) are a not-for-profit housing trust that provides specialist supported accommodation for homeless people in Sheffield, and we often have residents who suffer from mental health issues (84%), drug addictions (65%), alcohol addictions (50%), and a range of other issues such as offending histories, domestic violence, sexual abuse, learning difficulties, physical health issues, and multiple debts. A whopping 97% of our residents have multiple and complex support needs.

While it is not always a straightforward process to access such supported accommodation, there are organisations out there that specialise in this type of resident. Therefore, the advice of Dancinglandlord above is spot on, and it can be a good idea to try to ascertain what specialist supported accommodation services there may be within you local area, and how people can get referred into them, (self-referrals are often not possible).

By providing an alternative housing option to the tenant, (while also pursuing the possession and eviction route), you can perhaps persuade them to move out at an earlier stage, thus minimising your losses.

WP

15:04 PM, 12th June 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 11/06/2020 - 11:37
LOL! Luke! I thought it would be the case, just being a lonely Landlord in a crisis!

WP

15:14 PM, 12th June 2020
About 4 weeks ago

To update anyone interested....

I've has his care worker, and the Council all on the phone trying to assure me they are aware of the issues and want to help him. I have expressed the same, but my complete reservation that him being alone is the best solution bearing in mind he is on the highest support package anyone can be when living on their own (apparently). I have explained as a duty of care to my other tenants (who are neighbours), my own property too that I will be progressing with an eviction order as there has to be an end to this. I have suggested, and both agencies have agreed this does NOT stop any other options being looked at including a mutual plan to have him housed elsewhere in the interim. I get the feeling the Council feel Social Services are not addressing this firmly enough and have suggested that they have a more suitable tenant once he leaves who they are desperate to house in the ground floor flat. I have suggested they discuss the options between themselves.... It may mean that I have to do nothing at all....

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