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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 3


11:32 AM, 9th August 2019, About 2 years ago

Should she stay or go?

I think you've answered your own question - If she's is a good tenant who happens to be in a vulnerable situation, then I would work with her. Partly from a 'decent human' perspective and partly good business sense.
She hasn't asked to reduce the rent and she's pro-actively suggested a strategy that would work. If you were to evict her you'd not only give a single mum and her kid issues (when it sounds like they have issues enough!) but you get rid of a tenant you know and give yourself a void.
Formalize the agreement and then treat it as you would any other tenancy agreement.
best of luck!... Read More


10:33 AM, 2nd July 2019, About 2 years ago

Evicting vulnerable tenant in hospital - Landlord Action response

Recapping - The tenant is a vulnerable and severely disabled woman who has been the victim of a burglary and assault in your property which has led her to attempt suicide. She is currently in hospital, where she was further injured, being failed by the DWP, who have stripped her of her income, and being harassed by a letting agent that is acting on your behalf.

In your own words she is doing her best to navigate this awful situation and has paid you all her savings to the point she is living on £17 per week. She is eager to move out (and to repay you as soon as she has the means) and the only thing holding her back is the failings of the council in housing her.

As a landlord myself, I can understand the uncomfortable position of having a tenant owe you a considerable sum of money with no assured end date in sight. However, to sue a tenant in the situation you describe (and to add your court costs to her financial woes and potentially destroy her possessions) strikes me as simply inhumane.

The tenant sounds like she can be relied upon to vacate and repay you as soon as she is rehoused. Unless the £2.5k is risking your own insolvency I would strongly urge you to show her compassion and continue to work with her to resolve the situation.

Speak to your agents and explain that you expect them to manage you property and tenant with professionalism and courtesy. Speak to your tenant, ask her what help she needs to move out (assistance finding an affordable storage or removals company, for example). Speak to the council and vent your frustration there. Explain how unacceptable the current situation is. Demand to speak to high-level staff. Do anything you can to assist this woman to vacate quickly in a compassionate way.... Read More


12:42 PM, 15th April 2019, About 3 years ago

Steer clear of any investment in ex-office blocks

What is this?
This poor quality reader comment should never have been promoted as worthy of the newsletter. As a male reader I completely disown a guy telling single mothers that they are often housed "in much despair with little hope in life!" or that "Mothers with small children need a small terraced house with a garden for a play area."

Equally, stating that Housing Warehouses are universally "filled with drug addicts, alcohol addicts, and so on." is not based on any empirical evidence or reports. It's the kind of opinion that makes landlords in general look bigoted, privileged and out of touch with renting society.

I really expected more from Property118.... Read More