I have the misfortune of being taken to court by nightmare tenant in small HMO?Make Text Bigger
Hi all 118ters, I have had the misfortune of being taken to court by a nightmare tenant who rents a room in a small HMO. The tenant in themselves is not too bad but her boyfriend who has moved in with her (not in accordance with her tenancy agreement) is a foul-smelling weed head.
My reputation in my area is the landlord who is zero tolerant to drugs as such I have tenants in my HMO’s for over ten years.
I have been telling the weed head he does not belong there and that he is stinking the place out with his weed. The smell is overpowering. I have knocked on their door on numerous occasion when I visit and berated them over the awful smell. I have other tenants in there who are really unhappy with the smell but who fear repercussions from the weed heads if they get involved.
They are cocky and warned me they would seek action against me if I continued to berate them over the weed.
Went to court on Monday the judge had read the particulars of their claim and I must admit whoever put the story together paints me as this bullying landlord with some very creative wordplay.
During the hearing, the judge expressed he did not want to hear any evidence and “let’s try and sort it amicably”. They naturally played the victims and I got the impression he had already prejudged me and tended to side with them. Despite me telling him drug use was illegal and that I had an independent witness who could confirm he was selling the drugs in my property.
He wouldn’t allow me to rebuke any of their wild untruths with hard actual evidence, instead chose to threaten me with an injunction if I continued to knock on their door over the weed. I have to appear again in mid-March because they told him they would be moving out by April (highly unlikely)
So the judge forbids me from trying to stop illegal activity in my HMO, total disregard for the decent tenants who don’t smoke weed and who knows on my next appearance award them the 200 quid they are seeking for loss of the quiet enjoyment. …..you couldn’t make it up !!!
Am I from a different planet or am I wrong to feel hard done by?
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