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  • Problem Tenants

    Tenant claiming compensation

    thanks to update and  i am also part of the RLA which have a good advice line and of course here  100% recommended and the forms and templates are really easy to use). I  issued notice as per AST i think as people on here rightly said the compensation claims have been coming ever since she moved in and it would be any minor incident and a massive compensation claim would be in and then al sorts of accusations, presssure, lies thrown at me until I give in. Once blamed me because his son (aged 3 or 4) opened the door and left  the house, said I should have put a bolt latch on the door. I said could you not lock the main door behind you , this wasn't of course possible or reasonable! (yeah I'm being serious but you meet these people through out life, I've met so many nice and good tenants that I know this is just a bad one and no matter what I do it will never be enough)


    eg I bought a brand new freezer it broke down, called engineer out who said it needed to be replaced. She claimed £80 for lost food out of me (I was naive at the time and lots of threats of taking money from rent so i bricked it) 3 years odd of this anyway. It has been a real learning experience for me






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    I hope these people leave soon and without hassle. 
    Next time watch out for signs of arrogance, don’t let them in or nip it in the bud.
    I had a tenant being difficult last year in a pristine flat that I could have let to a non argumentative tenant all day long. I had to ‘man up’ and tell him clearly into his face that this is how it is and if he doesn’t like it he can move on. 
    He has been perfect ever since.
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    I can't think of any way this could have been completed quicker, especially as he blocked the Monday 13th install option. Tbh I'm impressed you got the install sorted so quickly.

    I would offer zero compensation and remind him he is now in arrears, as he looks like he's trying his luck here. He is being unreasonable and I wouldn't be surprised if this is the start of further hassles.


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    I agree that I shouldn't give in to his demands although a question what options do I have if he stays beyond the 1 months agreement for AST he will simply say oh I can't leave and you can't kick me out

    Thanks for your support yeah I know what you mean when you give people chances and it backfires is not nice I gave this guy chance when you came to me you the sub story before the tenancy began and I knew that something might be up when I started getting things like I want the property professionally cleaned and I woabt door locks on every bedroom (just husband and wife 1 child living there )

    But I'm philosophical I don't think you can be a good landlord with the wisdom and experience until you've had a bad tenant now I know the warning signs a mile away and I'm a lot more knowledgeable and experienced thanks to people on these forums that have share their thoughts with me
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    Try not to work yourself up about it. Give them notice to leave and stay firm. Tell them that as long as they leave in peace and on time you will give them good references.
    If they don't then you are going to make sure that they get a ccj which will make it very difficult for them to find a job and a rental.
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    Based on what you've said about the pre-tenancy problems, now I wouldn't get involved, just like I wpuldn't want to watch Eastenders on a daily basis (or at all tbh).

    I have a motto now : hassle before means hassle during, and definitely hassle after a tenancy.

    Be thankful that the tenant let slip info beforehand that now you would treat with caution.

    Some people can't stop themselves unfortunately, and it's avoiding that sort of headache that is a skill in itself.

    Turning away a tenant that your gut feeling says is wrong is mentally empowering. I did it several times this year and it was a relief to feel that the one time I met this potentially problematic tenant would be the last.

    And it's because of this gut feeling that I will never use an agent.
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    4 days turnaround is very good. When I replaced mine, took me 2-3 days to select one, have it delivered, find a suitable date for it to be installed. Can take a week sometimes.

    As far as T appointing themselves judge & jury an giving a verdict in their own favour, that's a d*ck move under these circumstances. I would be looking to evict, as soon as you can. Once they see the first eviction letter, they will pipe down. Just keep your dates in order, from first gas engineer to visit to the last. 


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