Surely I am not the only landlord worried about new EPC requirements?9:44 AM, 17th February 2021
About 2 weeks ago 125
No too long ago Property118 covered Kicking Landlords. Now we have Stabbing Landlords. Such a Course of Action is not to be recommended. If a tenant or his representative threatens violence towards the landlord or his employees, it is certain to result in the termination of the tenancy.
In 2014 a tenant threatened to stab my plumber with a screwdriver. I ended the tenancy. The tenant was aggrieved and decided to take out his grievance on my plumber who was East European but spoke Little English. I immediately pulled the workman off the job!
I have been threatened with being shot six times. I have been threatened with being stabbed four times. It goes with the territory! However, should it? I have to say that in my view if any tenant seeks to be violent in any way shape of form then it is the end of the tenancy.
I had one female tenant in Maidstone who threatened to stick a knife into me. When the Bailiff arrived to evict her she threatened him also. That tenant is currently serving Life for sticking a knife into person – not a Landlord.
Another tenant threatened to stick a knife into me and then tried it on someone else who was an ex-soldier! The outcome was the ex-soldier turned the knife on the man and killed him. He was found not guilty of murder.
Recently I ended a tenancy in Maidstone, because I wanted the house back and not due to Rent Arrears. The two tenants were Romanian and absolutely fine. However, their Employer, an Albanian man, threatened to “stick a knife into my fat stomach.”
Recently in Ashford the son of a tenant threatened, by telephone, to stab me in the neck. The telephone call was recorded! It is a matter of watch this space! The son in question had a mental health issue. You might well say he must have had to threaten violence. It is not much consolation if the Landlord is stabbed to know the son as a mental health issue!
If a landlord employs his own staff he has a “duty of care” towards the employee. The Landlord must conduct a “risk assessment” in the same way as if he were considering whether he needed scaffolding to do a roof repair.
Most landlords have one property! Hopefully they will go through their entire Landlord Career without receiving threats of violence.
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