10:20 AM, 25th March 2013, About 9 years ago 16
I Just saw an article on Property118.com about the new “squatters” law and would like some advice with a tenant that claims to have moved out but now the ex-partner has moved in and refuses to leave.
My tenant was made redundant in December and got depression. The guarantors paid rent in December and January and then in February the guarantors let us know she couldn’t pay rent and that they had been paying the rent for her. Then she had lost her job, she was ill and that they couldn’t afford to make any more payments.
The Social Services got involved as there were concerns for her kids and her ex-partner had already moved into the address to look after kids and unknown to us at time she had moved out to her sisters as she wasn’t allowed to be near kids on own.
Her ex-partner has paid half a months rent to help out with the arrears, but the neighbours complained about rubbish at property. I attend the property and found she had been living in a mess with black bags overflowing all over the house.
I arranged a visit with the tennant only and she agreed to clean up, but I was later contacted by the ex-partner who agreed to clean up the mess on her behalf, which was done. The neighbours informed me that no female had been seen at address.
The police then called to the address on a warrant to search for a firearm and although none was found the ex-partner was caught in possession of cannabis and given a street warning and again the tenant was not at the address.
The police called again a few days later as she had attended at address and an argument had ensued resulting in her removal to her sisters.
The police called again as she was harassing someone on Facebook. She was arrested and cautioned and taken back to her sisters.
Now the ex-partner has been in contact to say he has been advised by someone to stay at address until he is evicted. When we attend the property she is always there and her claim for back dated benefit has been stopped due to the fact they now know he is living at the address.
She was offered the chance to get out of the agreement with only paying what she owed up to that date and any damages if relevant which she refused. We will be going for an eviction, but do we put them both on it or just her and have to evict him separately?
What is the chance we will get any rent owed if we go to court to claim from the guarantors?
I wish I had never let my house out and I am what you would call a nice landlady and I am getting treated like this.
I have a letting agency, but any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am aware of the possession notice and then the eviction notices etc just anything else I should know that isn’t obvious would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for any help
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