Shortage of rental properties so extreme tenants are refusing to leave?

Shortage of rental properties so extreme tenants are refusing to leave?

15:01 PM, 19th April 2022, About a month ago 76

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Hi, my name is Melissa Lawford and I am the property correspondent at The Telegraph. I have heard from some lettings agents that the shortage of rental properties is so extreme that in some cases tenants are refusing to leave properties because they have nowhere to move to.

I’m keen to talk to landlords who are being affected by this.

Are you having problems getting a property back because your tenants cannot find anywhere else to rent?

Please get in touch, melissa.lawford@telegraph.co.uk, 07936135425

Thank you so much for your help,

Melissa



Comments

by CYRIL STALEY

19:51 PM, 29th April 2022, About 4 weeks ago

Thank you Jane.
I will study it over the weekend.

I had tried to thank you kind helpers before but had trouble with my login to 118.

But obviously now sorted.

Keep well.

by Jane Tomlin

19:58 PM, 29th April 2022, About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by CYRIL STALEY at 29/04/2022 - 19:51
You are welcome, come back to me if I can help. It was a steep learning curve taking our rogue agent to the PRS but worthwhile.

by Helen

13:42 PM, 30th April 2022, About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by CYRIL STALEY at 29/04/2022 - 19:51
You can look online for various agencies doing credit checks. However you will need details from the tenant, such as previous address etc. The cheapest I have found is £15 for the most basic. The Residential Landlords Association (or whatever it is called now) does them. There is usually less than a 24 hour turn around.
We can only hope/assume that your agent did the Right to Rent checks. You should have in your possession a copy of their passport and/or residential status, right to remain etc. The agent needs to provide these to you, on request.

by CYRIL STALEY

14:42 PM, 30th April 2022, About 4 weeks ago

Thank you Helen
The tenant has always been uncooperative since hIS 12 month AST began 6 months ago having paid 6 months rent at the start.
This month he stated he is buying a flat upstairs and insisted he would not owe rent furthermore. No chance to talk to him as he refused to look at our contract and bank details to start a standing order. He would not even turn the light on to look at these.

The agent gave me no opportunity to talk to him and I don't even know on what basis she became agent. I was given an all-encompassing agent's glossy terms brochure which was never discussed nor a copy signed.

Will see if tenant has paid soon, as due rent 1st May and he is still present in our property. (Not his home as the government and media persist in calling rental accomodation). That misrepresentation irks me!

Might need to act urgently before S21 abolished and S8 probably also radicalized under Gove's LEVELLING UP of tenants and SQUASHING DOWN of PRS landlord OWNERS.

by Helen

14:53 PM, 30th April 2022, About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by CYRIL STALEY at 30/04/2022 - 14:42
Yes but you can't start proceedings until they have not paid rent for two months. I would recommend that if they don't pay on 1st May that you start to look into using an agency to take you through the eviction process. I used Legal for Landlords and they got me to the bailiff stage as quickly as I think was possible. Owing to Covid I could not start promptly as they were given 4 months' notice at that time. The recovery agent will tell you what documents you will need for the court judgement. If your letting agent has not provided these they will be able to advise you on how to proceed. I am sorry that your first foray into this mire of the Private Rented Sector has been so bad. Seasoned landlords are also sometimes caught off guard too. It really cuts into our already diminishing profits and I, along with so many others, have had enough and am leaving the sector as soon as I can.

by Helen

14:53 PM, 30th April 2022, About 4 weeks ago

Yes but you can't start proceedings until they have not paid rent for two months. I would recommend that if they don't pay on 1st May that you start to look into using an agency to take you through the eviction process. I used Legal for Landlords and they got me to the bailiff stage as quickly as I think was possible. Owing to Covid I could not start promptly as they were given 4 months' notice at that time. The recovery agent will tell you what documents you will need for the court judgement. If your letting agent has not provided these they will be able to advise you on how to proceed. I am sorry that your first foray into this mire of the Private Rented Sector has been so bad. Seasoned landlords are also sometimes caught off guard too. It really cuts into our already diminishing profits and I, along with so many others, have had enough and am leaving the sector as soon as I can.

by CYRIL STALEY

15:01 PM, 30th April 2022, About 4 weeks ago

P.S.
We don't even know if the agent did a reference about him, where he last lived, who his LL was. I googled his full name which showed he rented locally, long-term, so Right to Rent seems permissable. Incidentally he looks English and like us are long-time pensioners, so steady income probably and no guarantor issue?

Don't know if she gave him our EPC document class C or a How to Rent Guide.
We were NOT given one!

Seems a lot wrong?

by Helen

15:05 PM, 30th April 2022, About 4 weeks ago

I would immediately send the tenant via email the EPC and How to Rent guide. Also a copy of the gas safety certificate and electrical check. You can get the first two online.

The judge will need to know that you have registered the deposit so what happened to that?

by Paul Shears

15:43 PM, 30th April 2022, About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Helen at 30/04/2022 - 13:42
Another is OpenRent at £20, is very quick and overs right to rent.

by CYRIL STALEY

13:59 PM, 1st May 2022, About 4 weeks ago

Thank you Jane
I have read relevant pages and what if anything I do about the agent will depend upon our future interaction.
Currently I am concentrating upon studying legalities with a view to tenant eviction by S21 for which I need to supply copies of EPC and How to Rent in case agent failed to provide these. There isn't any gas and Prescribed Information requirements don't seem to include giving tenant an electrical safety report? Unsure about this? Might need to get test done which would be a problem with this tenant.
I am aware of 2 months arrears minimum and no eviction under S21 during FIXED Term AST.

I like what I have read about The Landlord Group and I will certainly use such a service when ready.

I could use a S8 notice ground 1 which applies to us. This doesn't seem to need the Prescribed Information and is MAMDATORY upon the judge.

I have a very logical legal mind but no employment using it, but I enjoy the research to get details exactly right before any action taken.

Enjoy holiday and keep well.


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