Should landlords have the right to refuse DSS tenants?10:43 AM, 20th May 2019
About 4 weeks ago 120
I’ve been a landlord for six years and have a very good professional relationship with my existing and previous tenants. My properties are all very well looked after and I adhere to all of the required legislation.
My problem is, I have a tenant who currently owes me £4000 in lost rent and legal fees to get to this stage. I took out a Section 21 Order for Possession due to the tenant not paying his rent. This was granted to me and the tenant was ordered to vacate the property in two weeks time.
The tenant asked me for an additional week so he could organise himself.
I allowed him this time and two weeks further on, he still hasn’t left the property. I recently had to go out and board up a window after an attempted break in. I had the Police present when I entered the property which appeared to be abandoned (no food in the cupboards, no clothes anywhere), the place is an absolute mess.
The tenant has since changed his phone number so the only way I can contact him is via Messenger. All he tells me is that he hasn’t been there in the past seven weeks, his furniture (which he acquired though Brighthouse) is still there. He posted on his Facebook Account a one way ticket to Greece in a months time.
I am told I can’t take possession of the property until he confirms he has moved out, or I employ a Bailiff to give me back my property.
Can someone please help me with my questions:
If the Court has allowed me possession and the tenant has abandoned the property, why can’t I change the locks and inform the tenant I will hold his furniture etc for one month if he wishes to collect it? Let’s not forget he still isn’t paying any rent.
Why do I require a Bailiff when the Court has granted me repossession?
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