Rogue tenant:

This horror story highlights the risks landlords face, even when they employ a professional letting agent. It underlines the importance of very thorough referencing and screening checks, and it puts into question the Government’s stated policy of removing the no-fault Section 21, the so called “accelerated possession” eviction process.

In this case it took the landlord seven months to remove an obviously rogue tenant, and this was even with the benefit of section 21.

How long will it take to remove a tenant like this when Section 21 is removed and the landlord has to go to a court hearing in every case, and argue the point with a judge? Often more sympathetic to a tenant than to a landlord, judges often refuse a possession order in the first instance, preferring to give tenants a second chance. The county courts and court bailiffs often have weeks’ and sometimes months’ long waiting lists.

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The landlord is blaming her letting agent for allowing a rogue tenant with a history of bad behaviour to enter into a tenancy in her flat, and the unsuspecting landlord is paying a very heavy price for its claimed negligence.

Photographs obtained by MailOnline show the sickening filth the tenant left for others to clear up in the Barking, Essex flat. With maggots crawling all over the fridge and freezer, caused by the tenant deliberately unplugging them, the landlord has been left with a bill totalling thousands of pounds to clear this and other damage to the flat.

The landlord claims that the letting agents were not thorough enough and failed to carry out proper referencing and other checks to make sure the tenant, with a long history of bad behaviour, was rejected .

The landlord, who did not want to be named, told the MailOnline that she later easily discovered the tenant’s history; he was a “repeat offender and bad debtor, who had previously left a trail of destruction in his wake.”

Photo source – MailOnline

With the tenant’s rent arrears totalling £6,250, it took the landlord seven-months to evict him, during which time he had deliberately caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

As a Romanian citizen and EU national with no UK assets the landlord has no chance of recovering her loss through the courts and is now left with a hefty bill for the rent arrears, the legal costs involved in the eviction and for cleaning, repairs and waste removal.

After this experience the landlord is unlikely to be continuing to let her flat and will most likely sell; one less home available for renting. This could be repeated many times unless the Government put in place a robust system of removing bad tenants quickly.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Get this all the time & with a. Present tenant who is deliberately keeping the flat like a pig sty even though she is leaving having given notice and thankfully doesn’t owe rent, but nobody wants to rent a place like this so I will have to wait till she moves out, clean the place up & lose at least a month’s rent…. I realise this is nothing occmoared to what many lose & have to endure. Unfortunately these days many people treat landlords with contempt, even those who, like my wife & myself who have always been hands on, immediate repairs & new kitchen appliances whenever they need it. When I started this business is 1993 it was a doddle, now for many it’s become a nightmare.

  2. You will never hear any of this from such as Shelter who prefer to drag down the landlords. They would bankrupt a landlord to keep the tenant even of this sort in the property. It is totally wrong that tenants who do not pay the rent or are damaging the property either through total neglect as shown here or physical abuse if the property cannot be removed quickly before it cripples the landlord. At the end of the day it all in the contracts that they signed to uphold. It should also be allowed to be written in the contract that if the contract is broken the tenant will be given 2 months notice to leave the property which I see as generous without the need to end up in court.

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