9:50 AM, 18th July 2014, About 10 years ago 51
Well my agent and I have been well and truly had. I’m a portfolio landlord and builder, and have just finished extensive renovation of a 2 bed terrace locally.
Due to poor health I instructed a local agent friend to source me tenants and we chose very a plausible and presentable Polish working couple. They passed all refs and paid 2months rent as deposit and 1 month rent in advance, they moved in beginning of June.
Fast forward 6 weeks and a concerned neighbour called me to inform of disturbances and to advise that there would appear to be multiple people living there at the property. After a visit yesterday it would appear that there are upwards of 8/10 foreign nationals at the property non of whom are the official tenants with nationalities unknown. I believe that they are the main tenants employees and maybe there is some gang-mastership going on. All relevant council and immigration departments have been informed.
My issue now is obviously I want them all out. A section 21 will take 2/3months at which point the property will be knackered judging by its condition at 6 weeks, and the rent will simply stop coming in so no deposit left to offset against damage.
Its been suggested that the current ‘occupiers’ could be classed at lodgers as the main tenant is not in residence therefore they can be asked to leave with minimal notice locks changed and items put out side the property?
My agent is fighting my corner but this is a first for him too. The main tenant is being illusive to say the least and is not returning calls/emails/text etc.
So really I simply want to secure the property empty and void of all these people first, indeed the official tenant can have access once we can track him down and locks changed.
Any pointers gratefully received!