Tenant wants to wrestle control?

Tenant wants to wrestle control?

9:46 AM, 19th November 2021, About 2 weeks ago 16

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My tenant has been renting from me now for 4 years, and he still doesn’t have an understanding of what are realistic expectations as a tenant.

He wants to tell me what to do by pointing out my responsibility. Demanding any workman to contact him directly, stating, “it’s between me and your contractor “. I always struggle to get anyone in for jobs that he wants doing.

After struggles from last year for gas engineer for yearly checks, I decided I am going to arrange for him and not let him take charge. That didn’t sit well with him. So a very difficult 1-hour face to face meeting at his convenience took place yesterday. Still, he got his way choosing the date, but I didn’t give in for him to directly arrange the date with the gas engineer.

Also, I had already raised the subject of increasing rent, he of course don’t want to accept. In fact, he doesn’t want to accept anything. I sent him section 13 notice in email and was going to print it for registered post, but he responded within minutes to say he is going to take professional advice!

Bingo … I kept on telling this yesterday in an hour-long meeting, but he then was a “qualified estate agent” that I never knew!

So what is next, watch the space…. but any advice for me before I get stressed again like losing my sleep again as last night?



by Puzzler

9:17 AM, 20th November 2021, About 2 weeks ago

I always put tenants in touch with contractors, it's for them to arrange access to suit both. Not sure why you would want to be a go-between. Of course I or my agent actually instruct since we are paying.

Obviously if they don't allow the contractor in, that's another question

by David

16:37 PM, 20th November 2021, About 2 weeks ago

As long as your s13 notice was correctly set out and served and the increase doesn't take it way over the market rent, he wont be successful in challenging it.

by Mick Roberts

17:16 PM, 20th November 2021, About 2 weeks ago

And the Govt have no idea why we need Section 21.
If we not allowed to get rid of these troubled people in our lives, what about the Landlords rights and Mental Health?
Govt and tenant forgetting we've gave this person a 140k+ house, OUR HOUSE, for them to live and we treat each other with respect. They can't have our hard earned blood and sweat and years of going without to then give it someone to treat us like crap and make us poorly and make us not sleep at night.

If u could get rid of this person quick. U/We would take a chance on the next person and that is how we bring homeless down, by letting us evict quick of there is a problem. However, harder they make it for us to get someone out our life that's causing us grief as we get older, we either pack up and 100% don't give people a chance next time, leaving it to the Letting agent to cherry pick the most bestest cleanest guarantor credit worthy tenant out there. Leaving out many thousands who may well be great, but we just can't chance it any more. Well done Generation rent, u get what u wanted which helps the current tenant, but u make it unbelievably hard and expensive for the next thousands of tenants.
Ooh I feel better now I got that out me system.

I've had many people like this over the years and they do it at their next house too. They haven't a clue about normality and common sense and working with people.

by Paul Shears

18:30 PM, 20th November 2021, About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 20/11/2021 - 17:16
"Ooh I feel better now I got that out me system."
Well it will lift the spirits of virtually every reader including myself.
Perhaps we should all send Mick's comments to every MP. A machine gun approach. 🙂

by Ingrid Bacsa

10:26 AM, 21st November 2021, About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by No hate plz at 19/11/2021 - 11:10
I had same problem trying to get access for gas safety checks. I called the authorities as this was worrying . They said as long as i write every month to warn the tenant of the possible dangers in not having one , I am covered against neglect. One cannot force a reluctant tenant to have one.

Obviously, in a block of flats this could endanger her neighbours and also is detrimentle to a boiler needing maintenance checks, so we persuaded her after several weeks, with continued warnings of her being liable. On safety issues, I would keep writing your tenant to that effect.

by Ian Narbeth

10:01 AM, 23rd November 2021, About A week ago

That's an important point. Make sure the s13 notice is served by registered post or as otherwise stipulated in the AST. The fact that the tenant received it by email and responded to it does not in law mean it has been served on the tenant. He could turn around later and delay the rent increase by arguing you had not given two months' notice.

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