Reasons Why I Hate My Tenant

I hate my tenant

Before you commence onto my ungodly rant, I want to clarify a few things…

This blog post is written on the back of a gruelling, lengthy and painful eviction battle between me and my former tenant, so my level of frustration was off the chart. I’m pretty sure I suffered from a few stress educed strokes and several months of impotence during this whole ordeal.

Regardless of how recklessly and abruptly my emotions may come across during my moment of despair and dwindling faith in mankind, I am a professional landlord. I follow all the rules and regulations, I provide my tenants with a good service, nice and clean properties, and I’m always eager to resolve any maintenance issues immediately.

The fact is, there are some tenants that are out there to purely abuse the system, and it doesn’t matter how professional and reasonable the landlord is. I believe my tenant was one of those people, out to stone-cold abuse the system. She’s abused the system and literally sucked the living shit out of it for every thing it’s worth.

I’m sure many other landlords that have gone through similar trials and tribulations will be able to relate to my emotions (but probably not with my choice in words). Now, onto the rant…

My tenant is finally out of my life after having served an eviction notice on her incompetent dumb arse. I’m definitely ready to close this chapter in my life right after I’ve documented a list of reasons why I want to skull fuck her with a blunt, rusty axe.

I’ve already wrote a few blog entries on this issue, sporadically noting down the stupid shit she had done on certain day’s. But here is a neat list, which will hopefully be the last step in this nightmare. Closure.

This list is in no particular order, all of it was equally gut-wrenching:

1: Late payments

I don’t think I received one payment in time. Not even after the first month.

Every time rent was due she fed me with an excuse in attempt to justify the delay. Little did she care to realise is that I didn’t give a flying fuck about her stupid excuses after the forth consecutive delay. She signed a contract (without a gun pointing at her head) to make payment on a set date per month, so that’s exactly what I expected.

I can live with one or two late payments, but making late payment consistently got tiresome, as did her excuses. Spare me!

2: Failing to make payments, period.

She completely failed to make payments 2 months consecutively. That left me out of pocket by about £1.5k. Ouch!

Rest assured, allowing a random crack-whore squat in my property was unbelievably satisfying- knowing that I was helping the genuinely poor and needy. No, really!! Karma owed me a winning lottery ticket.

At this point I started the eviction process. BOOM! Have that.

3: Housing Benefit Abuse

My tenant was receiving cheques from the social benefit to contribute towards her living expenses. However, as mentioned in my previous point, she failed to pay the last 2 months rent, which left me in the shitter.

The million dollar question: where did her allowance go? A few people have their own theories, but I have a few unsavoury theories of my own. Of course, my theories are all drug and alcohol related.

4: Liar

She’s a compulsive liar. She lied about pretty much everything, a lot of it was actually so absurd that it was comical.

On a few occasions she literally told me she was “on her way to bank” to transfer the rent into my account. Like, she would make out like she was actively walking to the bank while she was communicating with me.

She must have got lost and/or fallen down a very deep hole… every damn time. Obviously I didn’t receive a single penny. She literally did that 3 or 4 times.

I guess what she was really saying was…

I’ve got your fucking money punk, and now i’m going to get high as a motherfucker with it!

5: Attitude

She consistently gave me attitude for chasing her for late payments. She was acting like I was an arsehole for wanting her to pay rent on time.

Why do tenants in arrears do that? They act like they’re the victim and we’re monsters for exercising the terms and conditions of the contract they willingly agreed to.

I just assumed she was constantly high and oblivious to reality. I’m no expert in the field of drug trading, but I’m confident her social benefit cheques gave her more than enough capacity to fuel a regular cocaine addiction.

6: Avoiding the situation

Eventually, ignoring my phone calls and text messages was her method of choice to solve the situation. Not the best method, may I add, but I expected nothing less.

Once again, I just assumed she was always passed out in a gutter somewhere after a wild night, so unable to engage in any conversation.

7: Unable to take responsibility

Even a 2yr child has the ability to know that shitting on the carpet is wrong. If a child knows wrong from wrong, I wonder why my 28yr old tenant struggled to comprehend that she was in the wrong.

Every time I spoke to her she put blame onto something or someone else. For example, “I haven’t been able to make payment because my mum is ill” or “I haven’t been able to make payment because the council have messed up my payments”

The fact that her personal life and her arrangement with the council had NOTHING to do with me didn’t seem to enter her peanut sized brain. It was driving me bonkers.

8: Incapable of apologising

Needless to say, I didn’t get one apology through the entire affair. Not even when she was late with rent the first time. Surely that’s just common decency, right? I’ve lost count the amount of times I’ve said sorry even when that was the last thing I felt, but I said it out of courtesy. Even a hollow, bullshit, flimsy, spluttering, drunken “sorry” would have been something!

By the end of the drama, I was not only out of pocket, but I also had to dig further into my pockets to cover the letting agent fees to find me a new tenant.

9: Complete lack of decency

The thing is, if she had just talked to me about the problem like an adult from the beginning, maybe the situation could have been handled in a more amicable manner.

Despite what it may seem like, I am a reasonable person and I’m always willing to work with my tenants as long as they’re reasonable and fair. Unfortunately, from the moment my tenant started experiencing financial difficulties, she buried her head in the sand (i.e. didn’t talk to me about it), misdirected her anger, constantly lied and was unable to take responsibility, so this was always going to end in one way. Eviction.

Final thoughts…

I don’t think I need anymore reasons to justify why I think she was a stupid, crack-whore, shit-for-brains!

Have you had a bad tenant? If so, express yourself… no judgement here. Consider it therapy.

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Observer 2nd November, 2011 @ 23:04

Thanks Cardifflandlord, and same back at ya, you're bob on re betterment.

Helium, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the onus is squarely on you to check references. A quick call to the letterhead and speak in person to the writer of the reference would have blown that one out of the water.

The thing is, references are a dubious area at the best of times. Fred West could have provided a hundred good references. You in fact could have had fabulous genuine references, and this still could have happened (but less likely).

Proof of identity, copies of driving licence / passport, bank statements, utilities etc and validating where they have lived in the last 12 months are absolutely vital. Always get previous landlord references, and always speak to the previous landlord. Dodgy tenants usually mess with dates, so a quick call, will confirm they were where they were, when they said they were. Plus over the phone, you will get far more information than you could ever expect in writing.

Tenants who know you have loads of personal data on them, tend to behave better. Cant understand why..... :) But I can guarantee a tenant whose got away with a dodgy name and dodgy references, will 10 times out of 10, utterly trash your property.

This is indeed a massive learning curve, but a bit of effort up front, will save you loads of hassle down the line, and I do sympathise, but you will recover, and be very much wiser the next time. There are no short cuts in property rental, and the onus is squarely on landlords to find out what they need to know, in advance.

Personally, I dont use agents. Nothing to do with saving a couple of quid, but they dont have a personal interest in the business, and for me, cause more problems than they solve. The front end is bob on. The inventory and photos are accurate. When I serve notice, I know its correct. I ensure decent tradesmen are used, and I have my finger on the pulse when it comes to rent. Plus my tenants have my number 24/7 and Ive never refused to take a call. Sometimes they dont like my response, but they do appreciate knowing I am contactable 24/7.

It benefits both you and your tenants to do things the right way. I hardly dare ask about your deposit scheme? But next time, you'll defo get it right at the front end.

Always always assume the worst, and Im sure you will after all this. But good luck, I do hope you get somewhere with it soon.

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I Know My Rights.... 16th November, 2011 @ 20:35

I have been in the same position, 3 x times this year and the Law is on THEIR side...hence I know my rights!!!!
So as a landlord who is sick to death of parasites feeding off my family and our income, yes we both work full time and shifts plus extra work to enable us to have properties so our kids can go to university in years to come.....God I could go on, but you get the picture.
So, if your still awake....yawn! I am putting together a website to balance the 'I know my rights brigade' with one for Landlords (about time too, hooray!). Its called RateMyTenant.co.uk and will be used ONLY to rate GOOD tenants, so if your bad tenant complains that they are not on the list...tuff! Moral of the story is, play good and when you want to move and have a good reference then maybe the next landlord will check you out first on my site. If your NOT there, do you really think they will entertain you one bit....NOPE!

The site is under construction at the moment, however you can follow us on Twitter and FaceBook or email us and we will notify you of the launch.....we are here to help landlords and GOOD tenants.

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Ann Taylor 26th November, 2011 @ 18:06

My tenant left (and left the country). All seemed well, and i returned the deposit, but now Im getting letters from creditors of his as he had run up over 10K in debt. I know bailiffs etc can be very difficult to deal with, so before contacting the creditor and trying to explain the situation, I am trying to find out if there are any potential hazards in even broaching the subject with them. Any tips or past experience in this area would be gratefully received.

Needless to say, I cant seem to track him down anywhere (changed mobile phone), even on Facebook.

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zumba 123 26th November, 2011 @ 18:36

I had this problem when i moved into a flat after i married i contacted creditors explained i was a new tennent and once i proved i wasnt the person they wanted it was fine,

contact creditors explain tennent as left with no forwarding address

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Ken 8th December, 2011 @ 17:35

I have two previous tenants who have had creditors chasing them...I just enjoy forwarding their details to those who want to know their new address.

One tenant literally owes hundreds of thousands due to property she owned and a business collapse, this doesn't pay for the flat that I owned and she trashed.... but it puts a smile of my face knowing either the Police (yes they also want to know her location) or the creditors know where she resides ;)

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nikki 10th December, 2011 @ 01:08

I hate assholes who advise deadbeat tenant "don't pay rent, let him evict you". Some of us landlords are honest and just want to pay our mortgage. It's not our fault that circumstances in your life changed. Why are you living in my house at my expense. Stupid court systems do anything and everything to screw a landlord. while these deadbeats get evicted from one place to another and live in each place for six months or more free. Every article you read advises tenants to "not pay rent" WTF! What about the landlord who now has to cover the rental portion of the income to pay mortgage and he can't even rent it out to another person because these serial deadbeat tenants won't pay rent. Court systems in NY sucK!!!!!!

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nikki 10th December, 2011 @ 01:13

My deadbeat tenants keep breaking things and then call 311 to complain and when we try to fix it, they won't let anyone in. They keep postponing court dates. This is nonesense. How the hell do you get these assholes out? Only a landlord can sympathise with a landlord.

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adrian 20th December, 2011 @ 13:03

Wow - I think this is a great example of how not to run your business or manage your investment.

Golden rule is don't get personal. The tenant hasn't paid; so what?

If the interactions with the tenant is a problem then consider having the property managed. Less hassle.

The financials: well if £1,500 is a problem then it would be better to drop out of renting and put your money elsewhere.

As I said, wow.

I've run a business for 10 years and had client dispute / fail to pay invoices running into 6 figures. More often than not, the client business is in trouble (certainly in these times) and believe me, the excuses tend to be a lot more calculated and removed from the truth. Many times I've had to call in the legal experts.

But I know my business, my market and understand and accept the trading risks I have. If something goes wrong then I pull out when I need to and I take a step back and review what I have done wrong to allow the wrong to happen.

Need-less-to-say, my business does make a hell of a lot of money.

So, I personally think your blog is a remarkable show of naivety and I think you have some work to do. I don't think you have any right to talk in such a way about any tenant.

Understand your business and understand your risk - and then concentrate on making money rather than getting personal.

You might not like this comment but then again, with a blog like your one, you deserve an honest reply.

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The Landlord 20th December, 2011 @ 16:36

@adian,

Amazingly, you've completely misunderstood what's going on here. I know my risks, I know tenants fall in arrears in this game. All I'm doing is venting my frustration.

I've listed a bunch of reasons why I hate(d) my tenant. How is that reflecting the way I run my business/investment? They're my inner thoughts that remain anonymous from my tenants.

Getting frustrated over late payments and/or people is completely different to failing to understand the risks. Have you NEVER been frustrated by late payments? If so, what am I doing that's so different from your amazing business acumen (besides from the fact I wrote it down)? Nothing!

If such a basic situation slipped through your thought process, I dread to think how many other common-sense based factors has slipped through your business (the one you have run for 10 years).

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Adrian 20th December, 2011 @ 22:18

You seem to get quite personal and emotional about things - which is absolutely the point I've tried to make to you.

There's a difference also between getting frustrated and to that of being quite unprofessional. I think the comments you've made are quite unprofessional, as well as your approach to the problem.

Accept that it'll not always go your way - that's business.

Re the slipped common sense comment: you signed up the tenant not me. A bit of due diligence goes a long way.

I'll close on this note as I get the impression you a little one sided.

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The Landlord 20th December, 2011 @ 23:45

Yeah, if someone doesn't pay rent, I do take it personally. Because it's ME that's going to suffer because of it. This blog is built on my emotions, and I think that's why people connect with it. If I wrote without emotion, this place would pile up with other "news" websites.

How am I being unprofessional? I'm professional towards my tenants and how I handle the situation, regardless of my frustrations. Like I said, my blog is just where I release my inner thoughts. If I explicitly write that I want to stab my tenant in the eye with a fork, it doesn't mean I'm going to do it.

I accept things won't always go my way, but it doesn't mean I can't bitch about it. I know death is a part of life, but it doesn't mean I won't mourn when someone dies.

I don't really understand any of your points, so we'll just agree to disagree.

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Observer 21st December, 2011 @ 02:51

Personally, I think its about time we cut the PC ties that bind, and this is a fab blog that does just that. Maybe naive in parts, but there is nothing to lose by reminding tenants that this is indeed a 'personal' business and individuals are 'personally' impacted.

Ive done both, business owner and landlord, and theres a world of difference between writing off a business bad debt at the end of the year, and having your wallet mugged by an individual you entrusted with your greatest asset.

In the days when we could call fat people fat, we had a nation of slim, fit, productive individuals. Our own PC correctness has created a nation with an excuse for every occasion and every personal failing. Its time to stop the humouring. Am I a 'bring back Capital punishment, bring back debtors prison' commentor?
Probably yes, as as a nation, we desperately need an injection of personal responsibility, not more excuses.

When asking landlords to be grown up and professional, its important to not lose sight that someone else has committed the grievance. Tenants are big enough and grown up enough to sign tenancys and take on rental property, yet we find excuses when they fail to understand those contracts and fail to meet their obligations. Landlords are forced (quite correctly) to abide by their side of the contract, yet rogue tenants are able to run out on them and repeat the cycle elsewhere. The law needs to change to stop this.

Failure to disclose on tenancy applications, must be enforceable with punitive action (no quibble loss of deposit? Black listed from private rentals?). Failure to address arrears and/or make good damages,must be enforceable (again standard no quibble CCJ including a punitive 'fine' for attempting to avoid?) Damage to property and failure to take out adequate contents insurance again, must be met with punitive action. Until Landlords are correctly compensated for their losses on a punitive level, tenants will keep doing what theyre doing.

So, in a long winded way, what I think Im saying is, with the law as it stands, and Landlords only ever being able to pursue the actual current value of items, the loss of rent etc with no additional compensation for having been subjected to this bad behaviour, this is a fab blog for landlords to let off steam!

This is a 'personal' business, and theres no harm whatsoever, if finally, someone points out how bad behaviour has personally affected them. Yes a reader may feel its a naive reaction, but hey, the point is, at least there is a reaction. Dont lose sight of the original grievance, and what this blog has addressed is the top ten most common bad behaviours in the letting business. At no point has anyone been personally identified.

Keep blogging Landlord, and yep, fat people are fat. Happy Christmas All.

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Cardifflandlord 21st December, 2011 @ 10:18

Well said Observer.

Merry Christmas to you and The Landlord and to all who stop by this blog (except those that have really pissed me off this year - you know who you are)

love and peace in 2012!

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Adrian 21st December, 2011 @ 22:17

Observer makes some excellent points - I can't fault them.

I am not meaning to be mean but it seems this site has a cluster of landlords that desperately do need to be regulated.

The comments by the original blogger are appalling - it's something that needs sight and I'll ensure it does get that.

You simply can't get away with these can of comments in this society.

Personally - I am willing to take to absolutely on. And I am no crack head or failure.

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Observer 22nd December, 2011 @ 09:44

Adrian, landlords are regulated. It's by tenancy law that can see landlords acting outside of that 'regulation', jailed. It's pretty clear cut and far from toothless.

There's no such equality on the tenant 'regulation' front. The worst that can happen to tenants is eviction, via a time consuming possession order and/or a CCJ regards damage or rent arrears. That's it and as it stands, all a rogue tenant need do is lie on his next application, and he's free to repeat the cycle again.

It's ridiculous when compared to say laws against uninsured car drivers. You can subject a community to persistant rogue tenants, making lives miserable on a daily basis, demanding the innocent neighbours having to put up with it whilst having to collect their own evidence to go through the aggro of pursuing asbo's. Landlords are utterly powerless to take action direct. And yet you're 1000 times more likely to live next door to anti social rogue tenants, than be hit by an uninsured car driver.

My Christmas message is for tenants to be regulated by a system with teeth. An open easily accessible register is urgently needed of eviction actions taken. Points stay on driving licenses for 4 years, tenant possession orders should be the same. Councils should provide the ' social' housing for the rogue problem tenancies and those with good clean records should enjoy the benefit of good private rentals.

The standard of private rentals will improve dramatically overnight. Private landlords will return to invest in their housing stock without fear of annual trashing, and communities will enjoy pleasant neighbours to live with. It's a win all round whilst putting the onus on councils and governments to address the rogues. If they were paying the bill, (which is costing the private sector millions each year) we'd have enforceable regulation in days. Surely it's the least we can do for all those decent hard working tenants out there who are equally blighted by the bad apples?

Happy Christmas all, Cardiff landlord and all, hope you have a lovely quiet one! xx

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helium 24th December, 2011 @ 01:10

Once again the Observer is absolutely right... I love reading your posts. Thanks to the Landlord as well as it is this site that has kept me sane, it makes you realise that you are not the only one that this is happening to. There are indeed others in the same boat and that is a comfort when you think everything that has happened must be your own fault.

I hope you all have a lovely christmas and a great new year. x

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cardifflandlord 24th December, 2011 @ 11:06

@Adrian - sorry, no idea what you are babbling on about - Merry Christmas anyway.

Observer, Merry Christmas to you too - thanks for your posts and heres hoping for more lunatics in 2012!

Be safe everyone

CL

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dave 30th December, 2011 @ 22:59

Found this website by chance, what a bunch of crazy arseholes.

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fed up 28th February, 2012 @ 16:42

how long can a lanlord leave the drains blocked and a tennant without their downstairs loo by the way i am disabled and rely on the downstairs loo

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Virtual Fi 29th March, 2012 @ 22:59

If you want to rent a property, rent one you are happy with.

If you want to improve your surroundings then make / save money then try cleaning. Even some fresh paint can do wonders (with the landlord's permission). The landlord is not responsible for your wear and tear. Read your agreement.

If you want to live exactly as you wish then buy your own house.

It is not rocket science. It's called the real world - the one that I live in.

Ah but then tenants would not be able to moan, moan, moan about everything would they and that sure does rock their world.

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Virtual Fi 29th March, 2012 @ 23:17

Re: Drains (external) - the landlord must do those, you have to seek some advice on that as it is not good practice.

I am not renting out my flat anymore, been bitten now very shy, the grief just not worth it, funny I thought I was actually helping to provide affordable housing in Central London but turns out I'm a Rackman because I dare to tell the last (hooray hooray no more bitching tenants!!!) tenant that mould is a cleaning issue, and if you never open the windows or clean over 7 years then yes the flat will turn rank, funny how that's my fault isn't it!? I used to live there and there is a condensation problem, but that is because of the property and there is nothing that can be done. I installed an extractor but mould needs to be wiped away monthly. They did not clean at all, quite disgusting state they vacated in, yuk how some people live, their choice.

Too much blame, could not take it any longer.

I now have a lodger, I stay there when I am in London, beautiful arrangement, would recommend to all landlords with more than one bedroom if they can cover the mortgage. I am better off becuase I don't break things and I look after the property = less costs. My lodger is not demanding he live in my home with me, perfect :-)

Please tenants - grow up, lower your grandiose ideas, fulfill your commitments and stop saying we are all ripping you off, if it is too much don't pay it look for something cheaper, and stop your bitching!

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fed up 23rd April, 2012 @ 16:04

my landlord takes our payment every month but when things go wrong he never wants to fix anything i had a gas leak for over 3 months due to a badly fitted cooker (landlord fitted cooker) i kept telling landlord he came round said no i can not smell gas, i contacted transco they came round disconected the supply, how long do upvc doors last mine gone after 8 years been told i have broke my own door, saving to move as my husband as lost his job and it going to take a few weeks to get housing benefit so landlord doesnt want dss so we have to leave after us spending £1500 on decorating and carpet

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Ken 23rd April, 2012 @ 18:19

Telephone call
Tenants partner - Hi, its ****, just to let you know the rent will be late as we have just bought a new T.V?

Now this is how is should have been -

Hi, its ****, the rent is in your account today, oh and buy the way we are saving to buy a new T.V as the old one that we have needs replacing.

And these people look to Landlords for references when their tenancy finishes....think again!

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fed up 24th April, 2012 @ 19:53

need advise from a landlord please how long can i be left with a door that will not lock (front door) been 28hours so far

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fed up 26th April, 2012 @ 11:02

day 4 unable to lock my door landlord phoned at 9am telling me someone was coming if he finished is other job no idea what i can do can not afford to buy a new door myself and lock smith friend as been out and told me the door needs replacing as it also warpped, was thinking if i did get the door could i deduct it from rent as i have given the landlord plenty of time to sort the problem, i am a female who will be on my own all weekend as husband working away i have no bolts of chains on the door landlord said i couldnt, i no i seem to moan a lot on here and i should move which i am trying to do but my husband as had is hours cut and is facing redundancy, we are on the council list

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Benji 27th April, 2012 @ 10:50

Fed up,

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/Privaterenting/Repairsandstandards/DG_189194

Can tenants withhold rent to pay for repairs?
In some circumstances, tenants may have the right to carry out any repairs their landlords fail to do and withhold rent to recover the cost of those repairs if the landlord does not repay the tenant. If a tenant plans to make repairs they must let the landlord know in writing. The letter to the landlord must include:

that the tenant plans to carry out certain repairs needed
the opportunity for the landlord to carry out the repairs
quotes for costs from three different builders

Once tenants have carried out the repairs, they should give the landlord the opportunity to pay them back for the cost of the repairs. If the tenant does not follow the correct procedures, the landlord may be able to take them to court and seek to evict them for not paying enough rent.

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fed up 29th April, 2012 @ 18:24

thanks Benji

my front door as been broken a week someone came on thursday and informed landlord it needed a complete new locking system quoated him £190 landlord accused me of breaking it even though the fitter informed him there is no damage it just broken, landlord as lost the guarentee so at the moment front door is tied up and i am unable to use it, if there is a fire in the night i have no means of getting out as i only have back door and no window to get out of

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shikira 7th May, 2012 @ 13:20

Hi,

Goodness, I had to feel bad for your situation given that you had a legal battle.

However, few landlords are reputable and do not conform to what they are meant to do if my own experiences are anything to go by. Slum landlords are the worst and will not think twice about putting a good nine or more people inside a six bedroomed shared house. Some will even go as far as placing Polish tenants within the mix: these people have different lifestyle values and not always respect the other tenants with their late night parties and taking over the place to such an extant that they they devour every living quarter.

I was very glad to get out of my shared accommodation on the basis that my landlord rarely turned up, and/or used family members as rent collectors and changed his mind about rent owed. I left him with a few months short of rent because he did not supply constant hot water, left electrical issues not dealt with and building work that disrupted my well-being and job. His other tenants were also very rude and intrusive. I hated every moment of living there and got my own revenge by not paying him his rent due - if he wanted a conflict with me than he got one and did nothing to resolve it with me.

You are unfortunate and different, yet my situation caused such an amount of anxiety that my sister was willing to confront him. I am wealthy have lots of assets and money and no landlord would get his money by leaving me to live in such intolerable conditions that he placed upon me.

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shikira 7th May, 2012 @ 13:25

I also have some very powerful contacts against slum landlords - I also have an army of family who would be happy to ramshackle his place at any given time - he is too cowardly to confront me because he knows that I would swipe his face clean if he tried to do any harm to me.

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fed up 7th May, 2012 @ 16:15

hi all need some advise quickly

i live in my home 8 years paid full rent no housing benefit at all in that time as of april my husband hours have been cut from 43 to 30 resulting in a £400 pay cut,we have managed to borrow £540 rent for April but housing benefit/tax credit claim as not come through yet so we can not make Mays rent on time we have no one else to ask for money, we have no savings, we have spoken to the landlord who says rent is due 15th May, we have no idea what to do we have shown landlord a letter from work and expalained as soon as benefits are sorted he will be paid (should be sorted within the month) he also informed us if the short hours goes on longer than a couple of months we wil have to laeve as he doesnt want housing benefit tennents.

any advise please

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Benji 7th May, 2012 @ 18:41

fed up,

Try getting a 'discretionary housing payment' from your local authority. Search for it on line first and put together a good argument.

Give these a call, Shelter 0808 800 4444

Your financial difficulties are not your landlords responsibility
- though they may become his problem.

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fed up 7th May, 2012 @ 21:54

thanks for the info i know our finacial problems are not the landlord problem we on the list for a council property it also not my husband fault he been put on short time he looking for another job, we will pay him when the benefits come through my hubby as been in his job 18 years and now facing being made redundant, i can not work due to disability (my gp consultant say i can not work but the dwp have deamed me fit and stopped my dla ) we have applied for housing benefit tax credit income support we just waiting for the results

we have no contract on paper so as soon as we get offered a cheaper home we can move

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fed up 6th June, 2012 @ 16:21

can a landlord answer me this question

our landlord wants us out due to being 1 month behind in rent we have been trying to claim h/b for 9 weeks but he refusing to give us proof of rent or a new contract sayng you have family borrow it he as no time to arrange a contract it is logged with the council that we have made 3 visits 3 phone calls and wrote 3 letters WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO, if he gives us an eviction notice the council said they will help us fight it as the claim should have been sorted weeks ago we have give bank statments, wage slips proof of my dla just waiting on the landlord

so as a landlord what would you do evict us

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Earl Jackson 30th January, 2013 @ 02:44

I have foolishly fallen for the same bullshit excuses over and over again. I have a tenant who is supposed to move out in a few weeks, and it has been over a year that she has paid rent on time. If I don’t ask for it, she doesn’t pay.

Tenants, feel like landlords owe them something because they think they can use us as some form of revolving line of credit, that our possessions and land is somehow entitled to them because they have nothing.

If they had any credit, which they don’t because they are renting, they would mortgage a place—if they can qualify—and slowly buy into a home or a flat.

It’s just strange. I tried to be a good person, I really have, but people mistake hospitality for weakness.

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tom 2nd March, 2013 @ 02:45

I discovered one of my tenant has trashed my house. She dismantled the friggin furnace and then complained the heat did not work. The place is strewn with dog shit, the floors are toast and much more.

Yesterday in court she lied and said the place was like that and the furnace has never worked. I lived in the home until the day she moved in so I know stuff works. The damn judge is letting her stay for another month even though she is behind in rent and he says she does not have to pay march rent but the trial is in April. He had no sympathy for me of the fact I have to pay the mortgage regardless.

She says she paid me an extra $1500 in cash but she never did.

Kathy K knows the system and is milking it. She told the judge that the furnace was wired with lighter fluid ?

I was there yesterday and you can smell the stench from the middle of the driveway. In Alberta the system works for the tenants. The judge is a dick.

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lucas 28th March, 2013 @ 16:32

I think I can help
I recently started using this start up program that tracks tenants and gives each one an individual score based on late payments, reliability and so forth.
This will help many of you out as it did with me, and It's free to sign up!
Enjoy!
https://www.trustedtenant.com/

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fed up 11th December, 2013 @ 11:11

here I go again my rented house came with built in oven, it broke 2 weeks ago landlord still not sorted it my rent is paid up to date, he as ignored all my phone call texts and emails I have called at his home to be told he as no money at the moment I offered to get it sorted and deducted from next rent he refused, he said you have microwave and gas hob, so what's the problem supposed to have family round on Sunday for a Christmas style meal so I need the oven so any landlords could I get the oven fixed and deduct from rent

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Rubicon 5th March, 2014 @ 18:49

Slumlord

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claire 8th April, 2014 @ 13:04

my current landlord sent an estate agent round to re value rental value of property he wasn't a happy man agent informed to get the rent he wants £695 property needs

1. New bathroom this one was fitted in 1950
2. polystyrene tiles need removing from bedroom ceiling
3 cooker hood needs venting we never knew it was never vented

4 needs a new boiler]

so now landlord says he will keep rent at current price if we sign a contract as he as already given a reference so we can move we have said NO WAY

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Nicole 12th April, 2014 @ 18:41

I completely understand how you feel Landlord. You take the time to think you find a good tenant to not only have them stab you in the back but abuse it. We had two tenants like that. The first tenant had her alcholic boyfriend live with her and decided to break a bunch of stuff in the hallway and decided to punch walls and doors. The best part she NEVER paid for over 4 months. She litterally came down and told us "Make me leave I won't without a cop" We sent several eviction notes $45 dollars a time to serve her papers. Then finally we had to take her to court to get her out $500 dollars we had to spend. Finally she moved out and we are out over $2,000 dollars. T_T

Then there is our current tenant she is being a bitch. She had a job and decided to not go into work. She came into our store and she was like "I got fired". We live in a small town so I knew the boss that she worked at and talked to her and she said "We didn't fire her she never showed up. She is still on the schedule!!!" Then her plumbing kept backing up constantly. We never had that problem with any other tenant who lived there but for some reason it has happened over 5 times within two weeks. Backed up plumbing that she either waits to tell us until we head home after 6 and calls us at 9 pm to tell us it didn't work all day (our house is 15 miles away from the apartments) . Found out even though we told her several times not. She kept putting food in the sink. We told her this is an old apartment you can't do that not once but more than four times. We had to eventually had to have her sign a completely new contract stating that she won't put food in the drain or she will have to call the plumber and pay it herself. Funny it stopped shortly after that. Speaking of that on the contract she signs there is specific rules that we ask of her "One is you cannot smoke in the apartments and the second is no cops (meaning don't have raids and stuff it is embarrassing for us and well that makes us look bad)". Both have happened several times and I just despise her for that. I am sorry but have you ever repainted and redo a room because of a smoker it is terrible and even now I smell her downstairs cause my shop is right below her and we share the same vents!!! Her "husband" I am pretty sure he is here illegally because he only shows up once a month and he is with a different "lady" and he is super "friendly". She claims that he will pay the rent. I have yet to see it for the last 2 months and now recently we found out she hasn't paid the heat bills for over four months and in our state it has to be in our name cause the building is in our name. We told her she had to pay it and she said she would. Like a fool we trusted she would a guy came in to turn it off we called her off and she was like "Why don't you just turn it off it is spring anyway I won't need the heat" I was like HELLO they are not doing this out of pity or charity.T_T That was over $500 dollars we spent to fix that. The thing that pisses me off even more about her the fact she is a constant liar, she blames everyone but herself, and she has everyone paying her bills. A month ago I saw she got a 52 inch tv. Yet I don't get rent. WTF!!! She called all the local goverment help centers. We got a check from singles mothers organization. We called them and told them that she was married and I know she was getting child support. The priest called a week ago when I told her she needs to go "That as a Christian that we should understand her and that we needed to lower the rent for her because she can't afford everything and that we were being awful towards to her." I couldn't believe what I was hearing he went on telling me things apparently we were doing to her. Like she told him that we harass her for money ALL the time (Gee you know if you paid on time or didn't make a stupid excuse every time I wouldn't have to call you 4 days AFTER rent is due. Which reminds me she has two amazing kids that she uses for a giant excuse. We are waiting for school to get out and we will have to wait until school gets out to kick her out. Yesterday, after telling her that the day school is out she is getting a eviction note due to non payments. She sent the kids down to ask "Why would you kick us out of our home.Mommy told me to ask you." What do you and what do you say to a five and six year old. I ended up saying "It is grown-up business and don't worry about it is not about you." How dare she do that to me making me look like some kind of monster. When several times she would lock up her apartment and leave for periods of time and her kids would get off at school come to our shop looking for her. I AM NOT A BABYSITTER... but I am not cruel so I usually sit them down help them with there homework (even though I have my own shop to work at). Then she will show up COUPLE HOURS later. "Oh I totally forgot about you two." O_O Seriously that is what she says. The worst time was about a week ago. She left alone ALL NIGHT. I called her up several times going "Where are you?". I didn't know what to do so I opened their apartment and stayed with them until 1 am when she came in saying "They wanted more responsibilities." O_o Seriously!!! I called social services the next day but they haven't taken them away yet I know her oldest one is gone but I hope that the other two are taken to go to a better home, a loving, kind, non-stupid mother and father.

Sorry I ranted ALOT.... but I feel better and it makes me feel less stress. To the one who says they should expect it once in a while. You don't understand the pain and frustration. Once you have a bad tenant like that you question whether it is worth having apartments for rent or just to cost your loss.

Thanks for letting me post now to kick out this bitch and move on

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Nicole 12th April, 2014 @ 18:45

Yeah funny last note the first tenant I talked about in my post after all was said and done asked us for a referance. O_o really fuck you ... I wanted to say

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shikira 15th November, 2014 @ 22:05

There are landlords and there are landlords - some of which have profited from their commercial success via irrefutable gluttony and the greater many reputable ones - suffer needlessly from crazy impoverished tenants.

I have always been wealthy as a tenant, had money to burn all of the time, and could always afford my rent. Just that one money - hungry landlord kept trying to change my rent agreement with him; sent various family members to collect cash as if owners of the property, yet were mere associates of the landlord in question. This and the fact that he had several foreign squatters taking over the house, made me leave abruptly for his sympathies with them.

He was also attracted to me as I was him, yet allowed his supposed wife intimidate me. He happened to be bisexually inclined and the rest cannot be posted on her. Closure never found.

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Caz 17th August, 2015 @ 16:35

I've read all the posts on here as I've just signed up, but when someone asks a question ( ie Fed Up) not one person answered her! Why is that? It's just one person after another, not bothering what the last person said but ranting on about their own problems, with not a care in the world, how odd this site is, no wonder no ones bothered to put anything on here since November!

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sausage 22nd September, 2015 @ 16:58

@Caz

Fed Up seems to have had a lot of problem, many of which were answered and then new ones cropped up. Sometimes, it's just not possible or advisable to keep on giving out informal advice via a blog to people who can't seem to manage. They need to get formal help from organisations equipped to walk them through their troubles.

This seems to be a blog for landlords to share ideas (i.e. rant!), so if tenants are asking for legal advice, they are probably in the wrong place. No one wants to be responsible for giving bad advice.

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Geri 21st April, 2016 @ 09:27

What irks me is tenants paying late and having to be reminded.If they actually informed me that they'd be a bit late , I might not get so annoyed. They just forget. I have to waste my time calling them.
If one has a car loan, credit card bills, or other payments, don't they have to pay exactly on the due date? YES.
A apartment is no different. As a landlord, I have many monthly bills and I have to pay them on time. I have a one week grace period before anyone is charged a late payment fee and that's generous. Some people need to grow up.

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Dee 20th June, 2016 @ 01:52

That's what you get for trying to get poor people to pay of your mortgage. Greedy bastards you landlords are. Think you can get money for nothing. I say she's the smart one and your the shit for brains lmfao.

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Caroline 15th July, 2016 @ 11:37

Hi. I have a tenant that is coming to the end of her six month contract. I have an issue with her and would like to give her another six months. How do I do this please?

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muddy mudman 1st October, 2016 @ 20:07

Well, being a landlord who is actually a tenant, I see both sides of things.
I have a house where I lived for 20 years then, moved abroad.
I'm back in the UK now but, decided to honour my tenants contract (5 years) and moved to the in-laws town.
I'm renting here and, my landlord is nothing like me!
He's not a "Twat" (pardon the French), but, he don't like doing things to keep HIS house worthy of living in.
I treat my rental property just as I wish someone to keep my owned property. Thankfully, my tenant does do that but, my landlord is not a good advert for us decent landlords.
I can understand "Some" of the complaints by tenants on here but, the truth is, tenants have all the rights!
It just needs to be a simple, you know your responsibilities and I know mine.
Sorry point is, everyone and sundry just telling the tenant, "You can't be evicted, we're here to help, no matter what"! Even when rent hasn't been paid!!!
(Sort yourselves out shelter)

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Yup 9th October, 2016 @ 15:59

I know what you are talking about. Its so funny that family emergency or some bullshit excuse about their job comes up ONLY when rent is due. Most of my tenants are just same. They don't understand if I get mad at them for violation of lease but they scream off their lung at me if they want repair or if something goes wrong (even though it is their responsibility not mine)

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goodtenant 12th January, 2017 @ 07:47

You are all a bunch of slumlords. I pay my rent on time, and have had horrendous landlords that suck me into their building issues. I rent you deal with fixing things--I've had to also take to court everything single landlord, because they're tried to pocket a portion of my deposit even though the place is spotless when I leave. Planning on buying so I never have to deal with you unethical scum of the earth again. Not sure you you people sleep at night. Keep up your freakin property again that's your job not mine!

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Wankerlords 14th January, 2017 @ 09:36

This is so fucking rich coming from economic parasites like you, the monthly top up others make to your piles of cash is late and you're frustrated... poor you! How hard life must be...

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