Government forcing landlords to house non-paying tenants for lengthy periods11:18 AM, 15th September 2020
About 5 days ago 39
I have joint tenants in a property and one has violently assaulted a family member and friend as well as her husband within the property.
The police were called and she was told to leave the property and can return to collect her personal items but only when the husband is not in the property.
The situation is further complicated as the landlord’s son is one of the tenants, and it is the sons wife who did the assault.
Unfortunately, she has a history of anti social behaviour and this is not the first time this has happened, but this is the first time within this property.
The tenancy is for one year and it is only three months into this period. The police have told the landlord that he cannot change the locks to prevent her entering as long as she adheres to the agreement to only enter when the husband is not there.
The landlord wants to make sure that she cannot enter the property at any time and wants her off the tenancy agreement on a permanent basis. His son has only recently married the person , only a matter of weeks.
Having looked through the agreement there is a possibility a section 8 notice could be issued as under ground 14 A b 2 it does cover a unlawful act within or in the locality of the property but a possession order would still be at the judges discretion.
I have advised the landlord to seek legal advice with a solicitor who has a knowledge of both landlord and tenant law as well as criminal. I would like to do more to help him as he is one of my best landlords but do not want to give incorrect advice that would make the situation worse.
Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.
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