Have you paid a problem tenant to leave?

Have you paid a problem tenant to leave?

16:14 PM, 8th July 2021, About 3 years ago 10

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My name’s Melissa Lawford and I’m the property correspondent at The Telegraph. We’re running a story on a report which says that some landlords who are worried about the slow and restrictive eviction process have tried to pay problem tenants to leave their properties.

I’m keen to talk to landlords who are in this situation and have tried this approach. If you’d like to share your thoughts and experiences with The Telegraph, please email me at melissa.lawford@telegraph.co.uk

You can speak using a pseudonym if you prefer.

Thank you very much.

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Reluctant Landlord

17:34 PM, 8th July 2021, About 3 years ago

I WISH I could pay a tenant to leave - issue is that it is pointless if they are on benefits. They all know there is no obligation for Council to house them if they given up the tenancy and no private LL will take them either even if they 'pay off' is the same as a deposit....
I'll ping you an email!


10:30 AM, 9th July 2021, About 3 years ago

Yes I have tried unsuccessfully after several neighbours raised concerns of anti social behaviour. We were unable to gain sufficient evidence to evict under S8 because everybody was too intimidated to provide evidence so we had to rely on S21. On a rent of £850 pcm I offered various amounts until the figure reached £4000 which was declined.

Tenants on benefits will not leave willingly because they know the local authority will treat them as intentionally homeless if they leave.

We finally gained possession through the courts but it took over 18 months. The damage to the property cost us over £6,000 to repair and the arrears stood at in excess of £8,000. Doors had holes in them, the entire house was a foot deep in rubbish, walls were covered in graffiti, the bath was runied etc. etc.


10:53 AM, 9th July 2021, About 3 years ago

I’ve used pay to leave several times but only with private tenants. One because I had sold the property with vacant possession, two due to non payment and rent arrears. You have to take a commercial view, the alternative being a long long wait and no rent with increasing costs.


12:39 PM, 9th July 2021, About 3 years ago

I've considered paying a tenant to leave as I want to sell the house. The problem is that he can't find anywhere else to rent so money isn't going to help him. Unfortunately he's going to stay put as long as he can before becoming homeless. The end result will be the same but it's just going to take longer.

Vulnerable Tenant

23:00 PM, 9th July 2021, About 3 years ago

What about if you write the tenant a glowing reference, and try ringing and emailing other landlords on their behalf? Yes it’s possibly causing huge problems for another landlord, but at least it minimises the damage to yourself. There’s a lot of false referencing that I have heard about. Had some very bad neighbours as a result! Do everything they need, within reason. Find a reliable man and van company who have a good local reputation and are on the cheaper side. In some cases, the council will pay the deposit and one months rent upfront for these people, if you have evidence that there are enough grounds for a section 8. I’ve known people who have had that when they have been throwing wild parties every night and trashing the poor landlord’s house, and of course, not paying any rent.
And regarding universal credit. The situation is absurd. So perhaps contact them pretending to be the tenant, informing them that they have changed their address or that their landlord has sold the house? (Although I don’t understand how they can claim housing element on a house that’s been sold and their current address. Why doesn’t it flag up somewhere?).
Please don’t bait me. I really dislike ordinary, hardworking people who rent out a property or two to supplement their income, and have to pay the mortgages every month, being exposed to such stress. Regardless of the tenants’ circumstances, they should be paying their rent on time, looking after the property and considering the neighbours. It just makes me so angry, because I am severely disabled, and I get tarred with the same brush.

Mick Roberts

10:00 AM, 10th July 2021, About 3 years ago

Similar to my problem u people above. Our benefit tenants can't leave at all any more, due to the onerous legislation placed upon us by Councils and Govt which as we know impacts on tenants.
I'll send email about me wanting to pay tenants deposits so I can slow down.



10:26 AM, 10th July 2021, About 3 years ago

No one should pay bad tenants a penny, its like paying ransom, doesn't matter how long it takes, get them out through courts and make their life as hard as they make ours, they would do the same again to other good landlords. and yes if you had good tenants and through no fault of theirs, if you need them moved out, may be you can consider compensating them with some financial assistance.

I did once offer £3K to a real bad tenant, all because I did not have the written agreement, so in the end I had to use Section 8 and main reason was constantly falling behind on rent accruing arrears, being abusive to everyone, but he lost it and had to be evicted, he had 5 good years in my property, and now I hear he had moved to 3 different places, good for him. I have no pity for fools like him.


11:46 AM, 10th July 2021, About 3 years ago

Getting rid of bad tenants is a massive problem.
Good tenants, long suffering neighbours, tax payers and landlords would benefit hugely from easy eviction of tenants who dont pay the rent and are antisocial.
We ALL pay financially for bad tenants and landlords would be MUCH more willing to take a chance on risky tenants if they know they can evict them easily.

Paying them to leave just shows how desperate people have become.

No hate plz

13:15 PM, 10th July 2021, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by KH at 09/07/2021 - 10:30


15:42 PM, 10th July 2021, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mike at 10/07/2021 - 10:26
Totally agree, and bad tenants know if their behaviour towards anyone or commitment to pay rent on time as well as looking after the property are the three main elements that can keep them in a property for as long as they want to stay.

Deviate from these 3 fundamentals, they are asking for eviction, Good responsible tenants need to fear as they know all landlords want is good responsible law abiding tenants, where landlords would bend backwards to retain them and not give them any excuse to leave or cause any hardship on them, when things fail good landlords take prompt action to minimise disruption. Good landlords want nothing more than good tenants, and where respect is mutual.

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