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I’ve recently been asked to help some elderly friends manage their property (I’m not in this field – it’s as a favour to them due to the abuse they get from the tenants).
The tenants have been in the property since 1998, with no updated tenancy agreement since 2007.
When taking over I have placed their deposit in a TDS, posted 2 copies of the prescribed information as well as hand delivered one copy – no acknowledgement to any of these.
They are in nearly 6k worth of rent arrears, staying they do not have to pay rent as the property is uninhabitable. I agree that the property has fallen into disrepair, though most of this is down to damage they have caused (regularly flooding the bathroom causing the floor joists to rot etc).
We arrange times with them to have contractors go round to remedy issues, where they have been refused access due to their ethnicity or simply not answering the door.
The last few times, despite being for repairs they request, I have had the harassment in the context of protection from eviction act 1977 thrown at me.
We simply want the tenants gone, but I’m unsure whether I meet the requirements to send a section 21 due to not being able to obtain an EPC.
There is gas to the property, which is capped and hasn’t been connected during the entirety of their tenancy – I don’t need a gas safety for that do I?
If anyone could please advise the best course of action, as my friends simply want them out.
Thanks in advance!
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