Tenant’s actions have made flat a Health and Safety danger

Tenant’s actions have made flat a Health and Safety danger

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13:39 PM, 17th July 2014, About 10 years ago 32

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My tenant has a serious drink problem and has damaged the flat so badly it has caused a serious Health and Safety issue.

The power points are hanging off the wall, the kitchen has evidence of a messy hob top fire and there is mold everywhere from lack of ventilation.

On top of this I just find out that he has got custody of his baby. I am sure that Social Services will get involved and I would like to get him out before this happens. He is on an AST with the usual 2 month break clause.

Anyone have some advice on whether I can get him out earlier than this on safety, health reasons?

Many thanks

Johnpower


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Michael Barnes

17:18 PM, 17th July 2014, About 10 years ago

Have you asked him to pay for the damage?

17:19 PM, 17th July 2014, About 10 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jamie Moodie" at "17/07/2014 - 16:48":

I really wouldn't suggest that! If you did go ahead and do that you would be basically giving a £1,000 gift to an alcoholic that has trashed your property. There are several options for what to do in this situation - for example the suggestions above

Yvette Newbury

17:50 PM, 17th July 2014, About 10 years ago

Jamie Moodie - same thing happened in one of our flats too, but just as I was beginning the eviction process the Council rehoused him and the tenant gave me 3 days notice he and his family were moving into council accommodation. We were just relieved to get the property back in that particular case.

Stacey - you may have missed the bit about him getting CUSTODY OF A BABY! Social services will be round and no doubt demand the landlord improve his property as it will be dangerous for the baby to be in that property. Offer of some compensation for an early departure by his landlord may help to ease him on his way, but it depends on what options are open to him. speak to him first to see if he other places he can stay, if he has then your offer of cash may well be accepted. You don't want him to refuse your offer though, then dig his heels in and refuse to go at a future date UNLESS you make a similar offer to him.

18:05 PM, 17th July 2014, About 10 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Yvette Newbury " at "17/07/2014 - 17:50":

Yes, I got that bit but forgot to comment, sorry. I don't think social services will even let the child stay in the property in its current state and rightly so. I just don't see the point of giving the tenant money - money that could be used for the repairs. I think it's important to have sympathy for the correct people in situations like these and with all due respect an alcoholic which has smashed up a property that isn't even his isn't one of those people! Some people may disagree with this but Section 8's are quite easy to issue with the correct guidance which is the way I would go as again, with the right evidence (as ground 13 is a discretionary ground) the courts will evict the tenant and hopefully that will be the end of it. If he refuses to leave the police/bailiffs can get involved. I don't think this needs to be said but obviously this is just my opinion and what I think is right for this situation. 🙂

Jamie M

18:20 PM, 17th July 2014, About 10 years ago

Stacey - we are experienced at this, serving S8s and s21s awaiting court dates, going to court, date set, tenant doesn't leave, balifs etc etc, they dig their heels in for 6 months, coached by the vindictive council until you can get bailiffs in! Smell the coffee! This system is anti landlord, was created by communists who are happy to stuff landlords. The councils and their socialist workers just love it, free accommodation paid for by landlords who can do nothing until the council find accommodation for these. if someone goes with £1000, you save thousands compared with them seeing the process through. Some dependancy is just the type to take £1000 and run!

18:26 PM, 17th July 2014, About 10 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Jamie Moodie" at "17/07/2014 - 18:20":

Just a friendly comment, didn't mean to start a war. I'd keep it professional if I were you. I am also experienced at this. I have been involved with several S8 notices and they have all went swimmingly but like I pointed out people would disagree with me -most probably because of personal experience.

Jamie M

18:48 PM, 17th July 2014, About 10 years ago

Don't use words you don't understand (professional?) or comment on situations you know nothing about. We don't want opinions we want ideas and change

18:58 PM, 17th July 2014, About 10 years ago

Jamie, this is a public forum and you are coming across as extremely unprofessional. You clearly do not understand that I have plenty of experience with both section 8's and section 21's.I am fed up of repeating myself and you not taking anything in so I'm leaving it there.

John, take on whichever advice you want. This forum is open to suggestions and the great thing is that you can weigh up the pro's and con's of them all. Good luck! 🙂

Neil Patterson

19:01 PM, 17th July 2014, About 10 years ago

We all have different experience levels and circumstances, but we are all here to learn from each other without being too positional 🙂

Neil Patterson

19:04 PM, 17th July 2014, About 10 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Neil Patterson" at "17/07/2014 - 19:01":

I would not want anyone being put off from commenting

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