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  • Problem Tenants

    Evicting housing benefit sub-tenants?

    I operate an independent high street letting agency, we took over management of an HMO in November, some of the tenants in this house were put in by a homeless charity that work with socially delinquent youths.

    The charity signed a single AST with the landlord and then issues individual AST to these youths which enables the charity to be paid these lads HB directly, the charity then pays the landlord the rent.

    The charity puts these youths on a 12-month rehabilitation programme, whereby its expected that they will be independent at the end of the period and be able to fend for themselves and then vacate the accommodation.

    Three tenants from this charity ended their rehabilitation programme in January and I requested they vacate their rooms, they asked if they could continue living in the house to help with their stability, unfortunately none of them work but claim on UC with HB element.

    The process of trying to change the payment of their HB from the charity to us became fraught with difficulties as none of these tenants ever bothered to attend meetings with the HB office, and also skip the programmes that should enable them get work. I ended up having to drag them down to the HB office to change the payment details

    Over the last few weeks, I ve dealt with various problems from smoking cannabis in the house, leaving the communal areas messy and unkempt, loud arguments in the house etc.

     I’m now thinking I definitely need to evict as it will be difficult moving forward, however, we do not have an AST directly with these tenants.

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    Hi Carly,

    Have you contacted the charity and asked them to get more involved in supporting these lads and resolving issues at the house?

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    How I wish, communication with the charity hasn't been cordial, and now that these lads are out of the charity umbrella, i doubt that they will be eager to help.

    It seems that the title of my thread got changed??

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    The moderator changed the title to something that would attract more replies.  This was to assist you.

    You really need to seek legal advice on this.  I recommend speaking to Paul Shamplina at Landlord Action who has experience of this issue. You can call the Landlord Action helpline on 0333 321 9415

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    Thanks, it seems the right way to go..... getting a solicitor advise

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    In the meantime, you could send a cleaner round twice a month to clean the communal areas and be your eyes and ears at the house.

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    Benefits tenants? lol, may god help you. Start the process now, they might be out in 6-8 months.

    Learn your lesson,

    and never rent to them again like me Smile

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    Unfortunately we operate in an economic deprived area, majority of the tenants here depend on HB to keep roof over their head.

    Some other HMO properties we manage have HB tenants who work and top up their HB from their income

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