My flat has been boarded up

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12:23 PM, 26th May 2017
About 2 years ago

My flat has been boarded up

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My flat has been boarded up

I have been to court in-order to get a tenant removed, that’s now going to happen very soon, however my neighbour has informed me that the flat has been completely boarded up.

What I don’t understand is just who is likely to have done this to my flat, I know I didn’t ask anyone to do it, so please help me by telling who could have it, I am told its been done extremely well, with the door and all windows covered and screwed down sheets of wood.

Please can anyone help?

I have to wait until bailiff next month

David



Comments

Neil Patterson

12:25 PM, 26th May 2017
About 2 years ago

Hi David,

I have not heard of this before so if it is not under your instruction it must be the tenant?

Or has there been a fire? or robbery?

Charles Fonteijn

13:27 PM, 26th May 2017
About 2 years ago

contact Police to see if they have been to the flat and forced the door.

Luke P

13:31 PM, 26th May 2017
About 2 years ago

Are you using an agent?

Sean Graveney

13:55 PM, 26th May 2017
About 2 years ago

It was me, sorry I forgot to tell you.

🙂

Annie Landlord

14:18 PM, 26th May 2017
About 2 years ago

It has probably been done by the local council. They have the right to board a property (without the owner's knowledge or consent) if they are told (maybe by a neighbour) that the property is unsafe. Could be your former tenant trying to get one over on you

James Barnes

16:13 PM, 26th May 2017
About 2 years ago

It's quite possible the Local Authority have done this especially given that you say its been done quite well.

Section 29 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 applies:

(1) Where it appears to a local authority—

(a)that any building in their area is unoccupied; or
(b)that the occupier of a building in their area is temporarily absent from it.

(2)Where this section applies and it appears to the local authority that the building—

(a)is not effectively secured against unauthorised entry; or
(b)is likely to become a danger to public health,

the local authority may undertake works in connection with the building for the purpose of preventing unauthorised entry to it, or, as the case may be, for the purpose of preventing it becoming a danger to public health.

Rob Crawford

8:52 AM, 27th May 2017
About 2 years ago

It suggests that the tenant has abandoned the property and left it in an unsafe state. Boiler ripped out, electrical fittings removed. The council will then have acted. So contact them or your agent first. I would have though the council would have stuck some sort of warning notice to the door though. It's a pretty clear sign that its been abandoned. If the council can confirm this it would help your repossession.

Robert Mellors

23:21 PM, 27th May 2017
About 2 years ago

It could have been closed down on the basis that it was a drug den (or other serious anti-social behaviour was taking place), in which case I believe it cannot be opened or re-let for 3 months. If this is why it has been boarded up then both the police and the local council will know of this (as I believe they have to get a court order to do this), and it may also have been reported in the local press (as the councils usually like to show that they are cracking down on anti-social behaviour).

Rob Crawford

11:59 AM, 29th May 2017
About 2 years ago

Hi David, when you have found out why it was boarded up, please let us know what the reason was and how this will affect you - thanks.


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