Mr Chaps

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Mr Chaps

21:23 PM, 17th November 2016, About 5 years ago

Judge To Look Into Why Tenants Are Not Prosecuted For Criminal Damage & Theft

I haven'tt read the whole thread but has the judge come back to you? My last tenant cost me 3 doors, two due to the police themselves! (note she was not accused or suspected of any crime!)

I only have 2 houses and have been renting them for about 7 or 8 years and I've had numerous cases where the tenant has not only doen a runner, told the councl they left much earlier (once 5 months before they actually left) and then left me to sort out the council clawing back their HB from me, as well as claiming I'm liable for council tax even though the tenacy clearly states it becomes contractual periodic. etc.

the last one just walked off with e.g. fire extingusihers, ripped electric heaters off the wall I'm down over 3000;l

some highlights were
3months into tenancy, front Door kicked in after some late party; police, nothinkg we can do.
lost her own keys ot the propery necessitating me a round trip of 90 minutes to cross town to let her in (and in one occasion out of her house) and change the locks, 4 times in 5 months.

then she seemed to have settled down but then around 13 months into the tenancy I have to replace front door (ANOTHER 650) after police forced entry since she wouldn't answer door
then only 4 months after than = replace front door again after police forced entry at Tenant''s request because could not find keys !!!lastly just before she moved out she'd fallen out with a friend and they threw a brick through the window.

ANd I'd done everything to help this tenant out over the last 18 months ... furious and sad that society is like this.... Read More

Mr Chaps

20:03 PM, 16th November 2016, About 5 years ago

Council Tax Responsibility on periodic tenancy?

OK I am in a similar position, again, HB tenant, on 6 month contract, spends first months HB themselves, I request direct payments and also seek payment form tenant for the missing rent.

typically the AST goes to *contractual* periodic becuase I won't start a new tenancy period with a tenant in arrears/other issues.
direct HB payments contiune for some period, inthis case 12 months, untilt he tenant does a runner and tells council they moved out some weeks or months before they did indeed leave.

I then have to contest HB claw back and Council Tax, luckily since I am a conscientious landlord I normally have some witness /documentaiton of the tenant's continued occupation through reapris, gas safety etc and have normally managed to prevent clawback of HB but thne have to ahve the same argument regarding council tax.

In this case I have been less sucessful but now I see this recent case and wonder if I can quote this to challenge Leeds council belief that a contractual periodic tenancy is not a material interest and they accept the workd od the tenant versus the documentaion and witness I have (including a police incident?!)

Leeds City Council v Broadley [2016] EWHC 1839 (Admin)

the sums are realtively small but the prinicple seems important to me me when I'm already out 1220 in rent plus 1500 or so in damages that I can't see myself being able to retrieve from the tenant with no assets, assuming can track them down?

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Mr Chaps

14:45 PM, 2nd July 2012, About 9 years ago

DPS Smoothing the Return of Deposits

I don't understand this "to speed the return of deposits further it is now much easier to cancel joint payments."

If a Joint Deposit Repayment form has been completed online with agreement of both parties then the cash should be in the accounts in 1-2 working days, (as opposed to 10 days on the DPS site) - what's with the cancelling option?... Read More