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  • Problem Tenants

    Tenant Neglect + Uninhabitable Property

    Long standing tenant of 6 years has recently started paying rent late. I arranged a meeting with him at the property to discuss this but in the process I discovered that a multitude of maintenance jobs had not been reported. The worst of which has resulted in damp in the upstairs rooms with black mould everywhere. He is also in breach of the tenancy on a number of other issues such as:-

    - taking in a lodger without consent.

    - failing to pay his utility bills resulting in pre payment meters being installed by the utility company.

    It will also need a new kitchen and bathroom. When he moved in they were fine but he has neglicted them and they are a mess.

    My main concern is the black mould. My understanding is that this is hazardous to health and I don't want the tenant to risk his health by living in the property while I go through the 2 months to obtain an eviction order per Section 8 or Section 21. Is there a way I can get him out asap so that contractors can go in to refurb the property?

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    If tenant allows suitable access - you can clean the mould off walls etc with a solution of bleach and water on a sponge - thereby removing immediate health hazard.

    Don't think you can get him out without going thro' S.21


    Good luck!

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    I have just been through all this .. late rent payments and caused £2850.00 in damages ... I fitted new carpets 12 months ago in the bedrooms .. installed trickle vents in all the rooms and new heating . Carpets ruined and stained ... over painted newly feature paper wall without permission etc .

    He started keeping the curtains and blinds closed day and night and blocked the vents ... the walls and ceiling in the bathroom was black, I wasn't prepared to have someone treating my property like a doss house ... it took 8 months to get him out from a section 21 .

    Some people are incapable of looking after property ... and over the years I have learned not to give a inch to these people .

    It's just my advice ... but I would start the eviction process, he won't change but the law most likely will ... you don't want to be stuck with a tenant damaging your property .. best of luck .

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    No you will have to go to court for possession. If the tenant has caused the problems then he is liable for his own health issues. If the property is genuinely uninhabitable then you could in theory terminate the tenancy more quickly but I doubt that it is in fact uninhabitable (mould would not be enough) and you would still probably need to go to court

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    David Smith
    Landlord & Tenant Solicitor
    Anthony Gold Solicitors

    Find me on LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/dsnsmith

    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.

    Get HG Mould spray. Spray all areas, wait one day and repeat where necessary.MAGIC stuff.

    No wiping, no sponges it just disappears.

    It may come back in a few months, repeat above instructions until tenant has gone ( I don’t recommend staying the tenant)

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    Sounds the best idea. Best not to loosen off any of the mould. Always wear a suitable mask (eg. FP3 rating) as well even when spraying.

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    On a different subject


    Cornwall Council are now saying that top of the range panel heaters, hardwired,timers, thermostats, variable outputs. About £500 each. Are not acceptable and really only accept gas/oil fired central heating. They will accept storage heating on E7 as a compromise. Property is E grade on EPC so,,,, can they make me rip out 3000 worth of panel heaters and put in GFCH?

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