A landlord who’s been waiting for a court to hear his application to evict a drug-dealing tenant for more than a year fears his case could be further delayed due to a lack of police co-operation, he has told LandlordZONE.

CCTV captured the woman letting people into her flat in his serviced accommodation property which was raided by police in 2019.

During subsequent raids, she appeared to be involved in County Lines drugs activities.

The landlord finally managed to get a closure order in August 2020, which flushed out London drug dealers visiting the property, but he says people still regularly turn up to buy drugs, upsetting neighbours.

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After serving both a Section 21 and Section 8 notice in October, he finally has a review hearing on Monday, but has struggled to get a police statement that supports his case.

Vulnerable

He tells LandlordZONE: “They’ve promised to send it since the beginning of March but when I finally got one, it only talked about how vulnerable the tenant was and just said we, ‘felt intimidated by the environment’.

It doesn’t mention the anguish we’ve been going through for nearly two years. It’s impacted our business as it’s effectively closed me down, as well as our mental health.”

The landlord is now desperately trying to get the police to provide a more thorough statement and says if they don’t, he won’t bother submitting it to the court.

“It might suggest that I’m making things up in my statement as I’ve provided so much more detail in my report. However, without it, I don’t think it will be enough for the judge to make a decision. I feel so let down – it’s a real slap in the face.”

Please note: The landlord was only happy to talk to LandlordZONE anonymously until his eviction is over.

14 COMMENTS

  1. This unfortunate fact is happening all around Europe. You won’t see these kind of difficulties in the US.

    Laws here favour tenants even if they’re criminals. Don’t even want to mention squater’s movement. How is that possible?

    • I want you to have a little think about the sentence, ‘Laws here favour tenants even if they’re criminals’.

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  3. I had the same issue…. Luckily for me he assaulted two of them and then they then switched to my side. You are wasting your time with police otherwise. The law does not protect landlords from scum unfortunately.

    • I’ve seen cops smash an old man’s skull like a robin’s egg, and then get interrupted by a group of bystanders. They tried to help the old man, to fend off his attackers and to bring him medical attention. So the cops gassed them, and cracked some of their heads too, and charged them with rioting and assaulting an officer.

      Never confuse legal culpability and moral culpability.

  4. Unfortunatly for you the plod probably prefer her where she is because they can keep tabs on her once she is moved on they then have the problem of tracking her down and it all starts again

  5. Somebody nip round and tell Shelter they’re barking up the wrong tree when they tell the media that landlords keep evicting tenants with the greatest of ease. We’ve never yet had a nice easy by-the-book eviction, whether its for druggies, damage, arrears, or anything. Not that one would bother evicting a decent tenant, as they are the paying customer one requires. The police would not do anything about a cannabis factory in one of our properties because it was too small! But it is still illegal and in breach of tenancy! What is WRONG with this blasted country?

    • Only other landlords believe your lies. The State is built by and for your kind, to grind down and annihilate us. Its primary function is to coordinate the violence required to enforce your rule and line your pockets. It has been this way since the invention of debt caused the rise of the first states, 5,000 years ago.

      As for ‘why would we bother evicting a decent tenant?’, any tenant knows that. It is because there is a housing shortage, so you simply do not have a problem finding another tenant to exploit. It is far more lucrative to cycle through tenants quickly, finding pretexts to keep their deposits each time. It’s honestly hard to believe that you actually seem to think we don’t realise that this is your strategy. That we just haven’t cottoned on yet. Maybe you think we’re working class because we’re stupid?

      Now let’s talk in more general terms. I too used to find myself asking, ‘What is WRONG with this blasted country?’ But then I turned 17 and got a job for the first time, and started to realise the answer. Then I moved out and had my first encounters with landlords, and then I knew the answer for sure. The kind of person who demands that the State force someone onto the streets because they supplement their income by growing a plant that the State has deemed Immoral….. while being content to take the money gained from the sale of this plant. After all, you did not refuse to collect the rent when you discovered this garden, did you?

      These are the ones who hold us back. These are the ones who work tirelessly to ensure that the compassion that separates us from the beasts will continue to be torn up like a weed wherever it takes root on the shores of these islands, and cast back into the sea to drown. These ones live in castles. Their castles’ walls encircle their heads and keep them from having to hear the screams of the peasants outside. They do not have to see the effects of the plagues and famines and violence, because they can pretend they see only the comforting stone of the ancient walls. For centuries we have survived outside the castle, and some of us even believe that if we repair the crumbling edifice then the lords will take pity on us, perhaps even raise some small few up to their level.

      But we both know the castles can’t stand forever. Perhaps they’ll fall down within our lifetimes, perhaps our children’s, or grandchildren’s. The generation who live to see the walls come down will pick up its scattered stones and use them to build something new, something of benefit to all. I hope they invite you to join them in the rebuilding.

  6. I house I used to own had a similar problem when a good tenant of many years became an addict, stopped paying rent, got anti-social behaviour complaints from all the neighbours, had her child taking into care and moved a drug dealer in. Attempts to get a possession order through the courts kept getting chucked out because she was a vulnerable person etc etc and the house was trashed. After about 18 months of this the bailiffs finally removed them. But that night they just broke in and moved back in. Repairing doors, changing locks etc had no effect then they tried to break in whilst my ex was in the house assessing the damage after another new door. She phoned the police who came and arrested the tenant but released her without charge as they said she hadn’t taken anything!

    • Let me get this straight.

      1. You stole from a woman for many years, exploiting her need for shelter to survive, a need that all humans share, and your unneeded and unjust surplus of that need, to extract rent from her. She did not complain once.

      2. She caught one of the most devastating, painful, terrifying, deadly and downright horrible diseases a human can catch, addiction. This affected your bottom line, and so you forced her onto the streets, to sleep rough, thus making it impossible for her to ever overcome her addiction, as it was now her only comfort in an otherwise hellish existence, and detoxing by the side of the road in a soulless world is unfathomably dangerous. She was plunged into the single most isolated, scared, and painful conditions a human can possibly exist in. Addiction al fresco. A nightmare I would not wish upon my worst enemy.

      3. She did not try to ease her burden, or buy a few hours’ respite from her suffering, by taking back the money you had squeezed from her, let alone taking back the house that had been hers, (I mean morally, as it was her home, and factually, as it was built by the working class rather than the owning class, although of course, in our sick, sad society your class have built, it was not legally hers)…. no, she returned to pick up what meagre possessions she could carry, the detritus of a former life that had been cruelly snatched from her by the twin daemons of addiction and greed…. and your response to this last, most heartwrenching act of desperation to rebuild a shattered life…. was to call upon the State to do violence to her person and deprive her of her last shreds of freedom. And now that your final act of callousness has failed (thank GOD for small mercies), you cannot even allow the tenant that tiny victory, one of the few she will ever have now, and instead you sit at your computer in your warm, bright house and you try to court sympathy from your fellow members of the Owning Class.

      God sees you, RD. And he sees the ones from whom you have taken so, so much. As He wrote in James 5:1:

      Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.

  7. A friend of mine evicted a tenant who returned & burnt the house to the ground. No one charged as no evidence – but then again there was no investigation. She didn’t push it as she thought her own home might be next.

    • as you said, no evidence. And yet, because your friend gets rich from exploiting people’s basic human survival needs and then making them homeless so she can steal their deposits, you assume that the fire must have been the fault of one of them, in revenge. Just goes to show what being a member of the landlord class does to a previously healthy mind. Your rage and paranoia means that eventually, mere greed is no longer enough.

      It’s not enough to steal homes from the working class who built them, then steal money from us to rent us back what we built. It’s not even enough to then force us onto the streets to beg and freeze and starve and die. Your mind has been warped so utterly that doing those things no longer turns you on. Now you have to take our freedom too. We both know that a tenant didn’t burn down your friend’s house. It makes no sense to destroy property that is rightfully yours. But it makes perfect sense for a spiteful, sociopathic, broken person to steal someone else’s property and then destroy it rather than having to give it back.

      How much longer do you think you’ll get away with it? The Chinese and Russian and French aristocracies thought their rule would last forever too.

  8. Don’t pretend you have a moral compunction against their illegal job while you happily take the profits of their enterprise. You’re not worried about people becoming addicted or children getting groomed, you’re just scared his clients will affect property values.

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