Emergency Eviction??

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15:33 PM, 10th June 2020
About 4 months 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


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Beaver

15:57 PM, 12th June 2020
About 4 months ago

Reply to the comment left by WP at 12/06/2020 - 15:14
Is someone still paying the rent? And if so, who?

Puzzler

9:30 AM, 13th June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by James Mann at 11/06/2020 - 15:28
Hi James, please advise your source for that. I've done a search and found nothing to suggest that is true, although there is a Guardian article suggesting Sadiq Khan thinks it should be (from 2016)

James Mann

9:39 AM, 13th June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Puzzler at 13/06/2020 - 09:30
Certainly any licence requires you to be a ‘fit and proper’ person to be a landlord. A criminal record would render you not to be one. I suspect this will be across the board soon!

Chris @ Possession Friend

10:07 AM, 13th June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by James Mann at 13/06/2020 - 09:39
There was a case ( in the Landlords favour ) that said only a conviction for Not having a HMO license was Not sufficient to also Double-jepoardy and punish by a Banning Order.

James Mann

10:30 AM, 13th June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Possession Friend at 13/06/2020 - 10:07
I was referring to illegal eviction especially of a vulnerable person, which I believe is regarded as a crime.

Chris @ Possession Friend

10:54 AM, 13th June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by James Mann at 13/06/2020 - 10:30
Ah, yes, sorry James, I was on another line of thought.

jimhaliburton

4:19 AM, 21st June 2020
About 3 months ago

WP you have answered your own question it's all about negotiation and if the council or social workers won't rehouse him then you have to do what most landlords do and bribe the tenant to leave but make sure before you hand over any money he signs to give up his tenancy and return the keys . Listen to what Robert Mellors and Chris Bryant say anything other than following the legal eviction route or the tenants voluntarily surrendering their tenancy will result in civil or even criminal action.

It grieves me that tenants are rewarded for bad behaviour no one asked you to be a landlord.

Beaver

10:32 AM, 22nd June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by at 21/06/2020 - 04:19
Isn't bribery illegal as well? 😉

Chris @ Possession Friend

11:34 AM, 22nd June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Beaver at 22/06/2020 - 10:32
If its good enough for the Housing Minister ?

Beaver

11:50 AM, 22nd June 2020
About 3 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Possession Friend at 22/06/2020 - 11:34
As a landlord I'm sympathetic to any landlord who needs to do anything to get rid of a tenant who will not leave voluntarily in order to avoid getting into financial difficulty...as a landlord the law is very much on tenant's side, especially now. But if you tried to bribe a vulnerable tenant to leave that might be a criminal act; and if you tried to bribe a non-vulnerable tenant who filmed or recorded you trying it that would also be a criminal act and would leave you vulnerable to pressure from the tenant. And presumably if you were convicted you would no longer be able to be a landlord (being a convicted criminal).

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