I Refused A DSS Tenant Who’s Also My Friend

I’ve slowly started to spread the word amongst my friends, family and those people I know, but don’t really know, about the vacant property I’m shortly due to be in possession of, due to my current tenant giving me notice a few weeks ago.

Access DeniedI mentioned I was going to use various websites to market my property; while that still remains true, I couldn’t resist making it public knowledge to my peers through my Facebook account. All I did was mention that I’ll shortly have a 2 bedroom house available for rent, and if anyone was interested to contact me to discuss business. Facebook is always worth a shot, even if it means confronting your dearest and nearest to inform them you wouldn’t let to them if they were the last tenant on the planet, simply because you actually know them and their habits (I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again).

I quickly received an interested response from a dude (we’ll call him Arnold Scraggle-pot for ease) that read my status. He’s not a close friend, nor is he a stranger; he’s wedged in the middle somewhere, but closer to being friend than foe. I know enough about him to know he’s not a complete douche-bag, consequently I didn’t dismiss him immediately. I provided him details of the property, which triggered his interest further. Fan-fucking-tastic, I thought!

Yesterday afternoon I showed Arnold Scraggle-pot around the property while my current tenant followed us around like a lost puppy (I hate it when tenants do that). Seriously, just give me space to do my job, i’m not going to masturbate on the bedsheets while no one is looking, you get me?

After the viewing, Arnold Scraggle-pot said he wanted it! I thought this was my lucky day because I had effortlessly found a tenant with in a day of inactively searching. I couldn’t ask for anymore.

As we had come to the end of the tour, we both stood outside the property with smiles, shaking hands, and that’s when he hit me with a nuclear stink bomb…

I’m not employed at the moment, so I’ll be getting the money through the council. That’s cool, ain’t it?

Urgh. I felt he intentionally withheld that information because he wanted to sucker me in first. He could have mentioned his circumstances before we both got erections and started shaking hands over forming a new tenant/landlord relationship. The fact he withheld his circumstance kind of gave me an uneasy insight into his character.

Not only don’t I accept DSS Tenants, but I also refuse to deal with prospective tenants that make me feel uneasy. I always go with my gut instincts!

I basically told him, it’s nothing against him (which it kind of was), but I refuse to accept DSS tenants because the council don’t have a clue when it comes to DSS Tenants, and if I ever got involved with the DSS system as it stands, i’ll drive myself into an early grave.

So yeah, I basically pulled the plug on the whole arrangement there and then. It was quite an anti-climax. What Arnold Scraggle-pot and I had breifly experienced was a teen-relationship, which typically has a life span of two minutes. And before you know it, your ex from one minute ago is behind the bike sheds with your best friend, sharing a pack of Salt and Vinegar Walkers. So I’m sure Arnold will find somewhere else to call home very shortly.

So it’s back to my initial plan of marketing the property through online property portals. I plan on replacing the current kitchen units first, because they’re not in great shape. Once that’s done, I’ll start executing my marketing strategy, which I’ll document like I did last time, Finding Tenants Without A letting Agent.

I know a lot of DSS tenants are probably thinking I’m a low life fuck-face for refusing DSS Tenants, but until you’ve actually been a landlord and dealt with the council, you don’t know SHIT. Like I’ve said for the 100th time, I don’t have a problem with individuals receiving housing benefit; I have a problem with the architecture of the DSS system. I refuse to support a system which makes no sense; this is a moral stand against the system, not the people. And until the system gets sorted, I’ll continue to wave away DSS tenants. For more details regarding the particulars of what’s wrong with the system, feel free to scour through the DSS tenants section- there’s plenty of meaty articles in there.

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Ginsterlam 21st June, 2010 @ 15:12

Brilliant read!!
You never fail to amuse me Landlord! I think you should write at least one article a day instead of one every couple of weeks!
By the way, I tried out Upad re: web portals and found their service to be very good and infomative.
Regards.....

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The Landlord 21st June, 2010 @ 17:58

Ha, thanks a lot, Ginsterlam! Unfortunately I don't have time to write an article every day, but I am trying to post more frequently! Also, not enough incidents occur in my landlording life to warrent writing every day! But that's probably a good thing!

I try to post a new article every 3-5 days, at the moment!

Upad looks likes a good service, I've yet to try it out. I may give it a spin! Thanks for the tip :)

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Ginsterlam 21st June, 2010 @ 19:17

My request is of course totally selfish so take no notice. I just thoroughly enjoy reading your articles!!
On behalf of everyone, thank you so much for keeping us all completely amused yet concisely informed at the same time.
You rock! :D

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Aunty P 21st June, 2010 @ 20:05

Not many people could get away with writing in such a crude style but you do every time! Very entertaining and as usual right on the button. By the way I like the new look site. Looking forward to the next post already!

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andy beveridge 27th July, 2010 @ 09:01

I am a dss tenant and am having trouble finding a place. I think you were absolutely f*&*$ng......correct to say 'no', as he did withhold the information so as to make you feel obliged to say yes after shaking hands. Good read.

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Daniel Fraser 25th November, 2010 @ 15:13

Funny stuff! Poor arnold though.

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Dolores 17th October, 2016 @ 08:08

Not all dss people are the same, I have had 3 landlords in 13 years and all of my landlords have given me good references, my present landlord (in my 6th year ) only comes around if I phone him, and he always asks if I live in my flat because it always looks so good, I can't afford the £450.00 increase but it will bring them inline with the other rents.

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Lee 28th March, 2017 @ 07:35

Dolores this is a 6 year+ old article; but I'll bite on your 6 month old comment. The main issue is with the councils, not the tenants. In that respect, all DSS tenants ARE actually the same because that is a common affliction. There isn't a single council in this country that isn't plagued with keeping up with payments. Oh and the premiums, fucking hell the insurance premiums on renting to DSS. You either pay out of your arse for it (when you don't even have to, I could put either on my flats on the market to let now and both would be taken within a week by working professionals who won't fuck up my premiums); or absolutely wing it and be in the shits when the council suddenly pulls the plug on all payments and you don't have a clue why because DPA; oh and to further put the plunger down the blocked shitter, they'll advise said tenant that if they leave the property, they're even more fucked than they already are because they won't help them.

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