It’s happened again!

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20:49 PM, 23rd September 2017
About A year ago

It’s happened again!

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It’s happened again!

Once again, after I have given 2 months notice to quit to tenants, they have failed to pay the rent due for the last month of their tenancy. These particular tenants won’t enter into a discussion about it and won’t let me into the property to inspect it so that I can write a reference and return their deposit, so I’m guessing the house is a real mess…… aaargh!

Any suggestions as to how to avoid this situation in the future?

Thanks

Tricia



Comments

Mark Alexander

20:54 PM, 23rd September 2017
About A year ago

Hi Tricia

May I ask why you are evicting these tenants and how you went about it?

Usually, tenants will comply with their tenancy unless they are aggrieved, especially if they need a reference to rent another property or to secure a mortgage, which is usually the case.

Monty Bodkin

8:40 AM, 24th September 2017
About A year ago

MCOL now.
Better tenant selection in future.

Gary Nock

13:57 PM, 25th September 2017
About A year ago

And rent insurance guarantee......

Annie Landlord

17:46 PM, 25th September 2017
About A year ago

Well it used to be the case that a deposit slightly in excess of one month's rent could be requested and that helped ensure tenants didn't simply fail to pay the final rent. The government, of course, is legislating against anything more than a single month's rent. If the tenants aren't communicating and are refusing access to the house one can assume there has been a problem. If you have tried all the gentle persuasion techniques perhaps a letter explaining that they are in contravention of their tenancy agreement and that once you check the property you may need to make a claim if the house is not in good order. I am assuming that you did the usual pre tenancy checks and have a decent inventory

Gary Nock

18:57 PM, 25th September 2017
About A year ago

Hi Tricia,
I agree entirely with the comments above. And would ask why you have given two months notice to quit? Is it because you (a) Want the property back to live in (b) The tenants have been problematic and you want rid of them. If (b)this may explain the lack of co-operation and non-payment of the last months rent. And I would ask if you have been regularly inspecting the property when you say:
"I’m guessing the house is a real mess…"
As a landlord and an agent I inspect every three to six months depending upon a risk assessment based on a number of risk factors to produce a balanced scorecard. Above a certain number - 6 months. Below. 3 months. You should not have to "guess" at the condition of your property.

Jon Dahms

21:55 PM, 26th September 2017
About A year ago

Whoa... have I been sleeping? Government is Legislating for only ONE MONTH deposits? We let high end places and regularly take six week or two month deposits. One month's rent doesn't go far in refurbishment terms!

Gary Nock

22:09 PM, 26th September 2017
About A year ago

Jon it's all about helping the Just About Managings
( JAMS) by stopping us nasty landlords taking a deposit to pay for damage to our properties. Welcome to England 2017. It could be worse...we may soon have Comrade Corbyn who will sequestrate all BTL properties and give them to the homeless and pay them £26,000 without working. While we will all be in a gulag somewhere doing hard labour.

Monty Bodkin

8:50 AM, 27th September 2017
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Jon Dahms at 26/09/2017 - 21:55
So what will you do Jon?

Probably mitigate your risk by selecting tenants that have solid high incomes, traceable history, assets, pensions, home owning guarantors etc etc.

What I expect you won't be doing is taking on low income JAMS struggling to make ends meet- the very people this is supposed to help.

Jon Dahms

10:57 AM, 27th September 2017
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 27/09/2017 - 08:50
Indeed..... We have as an organisation always liked to 'help' people in need but increasingly we find that it is our Landlords who are in 'need' and being attacked from all angles. A cynic would suggest that it's all part of an Agenda 21 depopulation plan. Make people homeless and ill then screw up the health service so they die.

Mark Alexander

11:04 AM, 27th September 2017
About A year ago

Reply to the comment left by Jon Dahms at 27/09/2017 - 10:57
Very interesting comment Jon, do you mind if I ask please; what "organisation" is it that you represent?

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