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  • Problem Tenants

    Informing DSS aggressive tenant not paying

    Neither.  He wrote to say he'd decided to leave and had found other accommodation.  

    He demanded his deposit back immediately and more money for 'compensation' for being unable to use the open fireplace.  There's a gas boiler and central heating.

    When I didn't pay the money he got more and more aggressive threatening me with various things and saying he'd stay in the house and not pay rent and make it impossible for me to get him out, as I hadn't accepted his "deal".  

    As I have his first letter saying he wants to end the tenancy and is living in other accommodation, does that stand as him ending the tenancy?  Or can he then change his mind and threaten me?  

    I think he has money problems and has been reading about compensation scams.

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    Have you inspected the flat? That's a must.


    Secondly, how has he moved out if his belongings are still in your property. This prevents you from renting it out.

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    You will need to serve a S8 or S21 (or both) depending on circumstances before you can gain a possession order from the courts.

    I recommend you employ the services of a legal professional who specialises in housing law and evictions as your tenant is on benefits and will recieve free legal advice from council etc and by the looks of things run rings around you, it will also work out cheaper in the long run

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    Unfortunately your choices are limited. You will probably need to go to court for possession. I suggest you serve the tenant notice and tell him that is what you intend to do if he does not vacate. That may lead to him leaving.

    Telling the council will not achieve anything other than to ensure that you don’t get any benefit payments.

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    David Smith
    Landlord & Tenant Solicitor
    Anthony Gold Solicitors

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    All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my firm. No comment made should be taken as legal advice and you should consult a solicitor or other legal professional for advice on your specific situation.

    Thank you dsns.  Do  I need a legal advisor to do that or can I do it myself with a standard letter?

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    Hi Kat,

    If an aggressive tenant is involved, I would recommend a professional service like PT partner Landlord Action.  They offer a 3 stage fixed fee service and will arrange to serve the notice correctly as the first stage.  Click the banner at the top of the page for more information.

    ​Good luck and hope you get this resolved.

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    As tenant is on benefits it is extremely unlikely that he has moved elsewhere - as he would need upfront cash for 10 weeks rent (of which 6 weeks is deposit)

    How many weeks is your rent in arrear?

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    He's not paid this month's rent as he's said he's living elsewhere.  His messages have become more aggressive and threatening and the police have advised me not to go to the property.

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    He says he's paying weekly and demanded that money from me too, claiming my house is in disrepair - the house was newly renovated and immaculate when he moved in!  I think he is in financial difficulty or other trouble and is looking to extort money from somewhere.

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    Assuming he claims LHA - it is paid 4 weeks in arrear - so he could not have saved up the 8/10 weeks rent/deposit for other housing - unless he is moving to say a bedsit.

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