How effective is the Rent Tribunal review?

How effective is the Rent Tribunal review?

11:08 AM, 24th June 2024, About 4 weeks ago 13

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I raised the rent by £140 a month in November 2023 after facing mortgage increases three times that. The tenant didn’t pay the increase or tell me he had involved the tribunal service.

It was nearly six months before the tribunal service contacted me.

In the meantime, the tenant denied access for maintenance or inspections. Although did allow one inspection where when I attended his dog (which he had not asked to keep) shat on the floor. He threw me out before I could complete the inspection and made allegations of disrepair that he wouldn’t let me attend.

He allowed the Northern rent tribunal to attend a month but again refused me access.

I am unable to access my own property.

The new rent is around £200 lower than most rents being advertised and being rented. I have passed written information about this to the rent tribunal. I have also told them the tenant is denying me access and provided them with a list of all current rents and recently rented properties in the area which show much higher rents than my proposed rent.

I will give an update on when the Northern tribunal gets back with their decision.

Paul


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Cider Drinker

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17:49 PM, 24th June 2024, About 4 weeks ago

Good luck.

Regardless of the outcome (which should be in your favour), you need an eviction specialist to get the tenant out.

RoseD

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9:48 AM, 25th June 2024, About 4 weeks ago

Shocking situation but sadly all too common. He's not giving access to do repairs as to build a case against you but unless I'm corrected (and I'm sure I will be) the tribunal only there to assess fair rent in comparison with the area. Obviously they have been overwhelmed with cases recently. Out of curiosity have you applied yearly rental increases and carried out inspections in line with TA?

David

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9:48 AM, 25th June 2024, About 4 weeks ago

Have you issued a Section 21 because you need to do that fast, with Labour knocking on the door. You have wasted 6 months taking abuse from this criminal.
The dog will probably have pissed and shat everywhere and ruined your floor coverings so check that and get the deposit.

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9:49 AM, 25th June 2024, About 4 weeks ago

Ps...I also agree with Cider Drinker.

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11:06 AM, 25th June 2024, About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by David at 25/06/2024 - 09:48
I had the same problem with a tenant with a dog, except I hadn't increased his rent [because he wasn't paying in any case!]. Unfortunately, it took 15 months to evict him and cost be £20k+.

David

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11:38 AM, 25th June 2024, About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by NewYorkie at 25/06/2024 - 11:06
I had a similar experience, how many more did. "But I am only looking after the dog while my daughter is in hospital and it is so well behaved". As for inspecting the property i was too scared to enter and i later discovered it had run wild in the estate. Accepting pets, another attempted vote catcher by self serving politicians to bribe tenants at landlord's expense.

Kat Scott

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13:59 PM, 25th June 2024, About 4 weeks ago

Paul,
You need to be building your case with regular emails on the wish for access to do the full inspection, concerns about the dog in there with no permission, the rent arrears etc. Also, apply to the court for access. Has the gas safety been done? Also, after 12 months from the last rent increase put up to accrual market rent. Regularly, sent rental statements. Also, sent the section 21 notice. You need to protect yourself and fight back. I would also chase tenants when out for any money and damages owed.
Best of luck,

Kat

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15:43 PM, 25th June 2024, About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by RoseD at 25/06/2024 - 09:48
Yes I have followed the tenancy, it's the tenant who doesn't 🙁

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17:53 PM, 25th June 2024, About 4 weeks ago

Start the eviction process now. Your relationship has clearly broken down, the tenant is in breach of his contract, deliberately trying to build a case against you with this, and will cost you thousands. It may also be worth asking a local authority inspector to attend with you to witness what’s going on, I know I done that on one occasion when a tenant was behaving like yours. I eventually got them out, but at least the inspector seen her for what she was and stopped giving me grief for not doing repairs she would not let tradespeople in to do.

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6:42 AM, 26th June 2024, About 4 weeks ago

Same here l tried everything to gain access with no joy, inspection took place and l won the case ,tenant wouldn't accept result so l serviced her a section 21 notice and said if l can't get paid the rent due l will serve a section 8 with the excuse rent owed and property damaged which will result in you being evicted and you will get no property off council because a section 8 means you have made yourself homeless which exonerated any responsibility for the council to help you, l adviced her strongly to take advice ,she did and she soon come to heel .

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