19:26 PM, 12th September 2014, About 9 years ago 19
When landlords fall on hard times …. Steve is that landlord and has submitted this cry for help. I have no idea what to advise him so I’m hoping others here will be able to point him in the right direction. The remainder of this article is Steve’s own words ….
I have recently been evicted from a privately rented property for rent arrears, which I acknowledge and admit.
During the whole period of the tenancy there was constant harassment, threats and intimidation from both the landlord and his wife, even before the rent arrears. These people lived next door but one to us and the police were called on many occasions because of their behaviour.
The eviction took place when I was away from the property, the gas and water was also disconnected. The police were called but were not interested. The utility companies were called but amazingly would not turn the services back on. I am now forced to live elsewhere, in the car at the moment!
Meanwhile, my now ex partner, by crying and begging has made her peace with the landlord and he has given her a new tenancy agreement, even though she has no visible means of paying. Having taken his side she now refuses to let me have my furniture, TV and other personal possessions which are still in the property, even though at the time of my eviction she had literally lived in the house for only 24 hours! We had lived together in Spain in the previous two years but she had to leave that house when it was repossessed because she had not paid the mortgage for 5 years. At the same time my former landlord has removed my clothing from the house and is refusing to let me have it unless I settle the CCJ he has for the rent arrears in the amount of £2,750 (the clothing is worth much more than that).
The reason for the rent arrears is that my own property business (24 properties) is in administration. I have always assured the landlord he will be paid when the process is settled but it is taking (has taken) much longer than anticipated. I am assured there WILL be a surplus as the assets greatly outweigh the liabilities and the difficulties were caused by cashflow problems at the height of the credit crunch some years ago when the banks withdrew funding and we never recovered from it.
Anyway, the point of the story is that both of these people are holding my things illegally and I want them back. I have contacted the police who say they can’t help and I can’t afford a solicitor at the moment.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
NOTE TO MARK ALEXANDER
Mark I would sincerely love to make a financial contribution to your website but the truth is at the moment that because of this situation I am literally living in the back of my car with my dog and the clothes I stand up in.
I doubt you will remember but we actually met many years ago. I attended one of your seminars when I was looking at investing in property, which I actually did in a small way, just 24 BTL’s, now part of my administration. Anyway, you happened to sit next to me and humorously complemented me on my watch (a blue on blue bi-metal Rolex Submariner). I say humorously because you happened to be wearing the same watch and I returned the complement. I am glad things seem to have worked out better for you than they have for me at the moment. Any help or advice you can offer would be hugely appreciated. Part of the problem I have is that I have been to the police but they say they can not help as it is a civil matter and I can not get legal aid for a solicitor to help in this matter and of course I can’t afford to pay. Have a great weekend.