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Found 11th Sep 2017
~I am a landlord, and recently the tenant transferred the rent to herself instead of me stating that it was going to be used for repairs as i never got them done. I`m pretty sure she isnt living there and in the past ive had people go round to do repairs and never been able to get in. Where do i strad? If theres any more info you need please ask.
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Beetplek20 m ago

Also i think she is living with her boy friend as it was broken into a …Also i think she is living with her boy friend as it was broken into a while ago and it took 2 days for her to realise and 2.5 weeks for her to tell me, and yes she is on benifits. I`m pretty sure i`m about £90 a month down as she said she would make up the difference and is not saying that the amount was always the lower one i was promised. Agai9n this is on the tenancy agreement ive never seen.


You let a doley live in your property, and you've never seen your own tenancy agreement with her? Dude...
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A tenant does have a right to carry out repairs and send the charge to the landlord, but only under very specific circumstances. These generally entail requests for repair, notification of intent to repair and send the charge to the landlord...all communications recorded as proof.

All tenants rights pages instruct people to NEVER withhold rent payments. This tenant has put their tenancy at risk unless they can prove they have informed you of vital repairs ( anything concerning safety or security) to a judge.

Check your tenancy agreement for rights of access. There must be some clause.

If you feel the tenant hadn't been there for a while this sounds like a ruse to get as much money as possible (assuming the tenant is on benefits).You need to get in as soon as possible and check the condition of the place, your fixtures and fittings etc.
mrty5 m ago

A tenant does have a right to carry out repairs and send the charge to the …A tenant does have a right to carry out repairs and send the charge to the landlord, but only under very specific circumstances. These generally entail requests for repair, notification of intent to repair and send the charge to the landlord...all communications recorded as proof. All tenants rights pages instruct people to NEVER withhold rent payments. This tenant has put their tenancy at risk unless they can prove they have informed you of vital repairs ( anything concerning safety or security) to a judge. Check your tenancy agreement for rights of access. There must be some clause. If you feel the tenant hadn't been there for a while this sounds like a ruse to get as much money as possible (assuming the tenant is on benefits).You need to get in as soon as possible and check the condition of the place, your fixtures and fittings etc.


The tenancy agreement was up 1.5 years ago and its a long story but i never had a copy of the original one, amnd after asking several times she wouldnt send me a copy. I have spent over £2-3k in the last couple of years in repairs. But ~I have no way of contacting her or getting into the property. The eviction notice will take effect on the 23rd and i cant see us sorting things out, I think she is holding out for another month so that she gets another months rent directly to herself.
mrty9 m ago

A tenant does have a right to carry out repairs and send the charge to the …A tenant does have a right to carry out repairs and send the charge to the landlord, but only under very specific circumstances. These generally entail requests for repair, notification of intent to repair and send the charge to the landlord...all communications recorded as proof. All tenants rights pages instruct people to NEVER withhold rent payments. This tenant has put their tenancy at risk unless they can prove they have informed you of vital repairs ( anything concerning safety or security) to a judge. Check your tenancy agreement for rights of access. There must be some clause. If you feel the tenant hadn't been there for a while this sounds like a ruse to get as much money as possible (assuming the tenant is on benefits).You need to get in as soon as possible and check the condition of the place, your fixtures and fittings etc.


Also i think she is living with her boy friend as it was broken into a while ago and it took 2 days for her to realise and 2.5 weeks for her to tell me, and yes she is on benifits. I`m pretty sure i`m about £90 a month down as she said she would make up the difference and is not saying that the amount was always the lower one i was promised. Agai9n this is on the tenancy agreement ive never seen.
Beetplek20 m ago

Also i think she is living with her boy friend as it was broken into a …Also i think she is living with her boy friend as it was broken into a while ago and it took 2 days for her to realise and 2.5 weeks for her to tell me, and yes she is on benifits. I`m pretty sure i`m about £90 a month down as she said she would make up the difference and is not saying that the amount was always the lower one i was promised. Agai9n this is on the tenancy agreement ive never seen.


You let a doley live in your property, and you've never seen your own tenancy agreement with her? Dude...
dxx6 m ago

You let a doley live in your property, and you've never seen your own …You let a doley live in your property, and you've never seen your own tenancy agreement with her? Dude...


The tenancy agreement was being handled by someone else, who i cant get in touch with, it ran out 1.5 years ago. And there was special reasons i agreed to let her have it. Mainly her parents live on the same street, but i`m having no luck contacting her. Trust me this house has been a lot of problems over the last 7 years and this is nothing compaired to the past. But I`m hoping we can sort it out but she isnt communicating with me.
Beetplek37 m ago

Also i think she is living with her boy friend as it was broken into a …Also i think she is living with her boy friend as it was broken into a while ago and it took 2 days for her to realise and 2.5 weeks for her to tell me, and yes she is on benifits. I`m pretty sure i`m about £90 a month down as she said she would make up the difference and is not saying that the amount was always the lower one i was promised. Agai9n this is on the tenancy agreement ive never seen.


Report her for fraud at the benefits office if she's not living there.
Contact the council as they pay rent and tell them...
-She isn't living there as lives with bf.
-She hasn't paid rent. Or topped up.
- she won't let you or work men in for repairs ( 24 hrs notice and you can legally enter the property with or without her.

If your owed money chances are you won't see it even going through courts. But definitely call council and report her for fraud.
irishbaby15 m ago

Contact the council as they pay rent and tell them...-She isn't living …Contact the council as they pay rent and tell them...-She isn't living there as lives with bf.-She hasn't paid rent. Or topped up.- she won't let you or work men in for repairs ( 24 hrs notice and you can legally enter the property with or without her.If your owed money chances are you won't see it even going through courts. But definitely call council and report her for fraud.


Cheers, I`m going to wait until the eviction notice is up, as I dont think she wants to cooperate. I`m going to go around the day after, i think i have a lock smith if needed but i should have a key. If she isnt in i`m going to go in and have a look at the place. IF its all in order i`m going to give her another week to take everything oput, or put her stuff into storage and cyhange the locks.
I am finding your post a bit difficult to follow but please read the following advice IF you have not got a possession order from the court and/or instructed bailiffs to get your property back.

You cannot evict a tenant. All you can legally do is request your property back using the correct forms (and you need to have followed a load of procedures before letting for any notice to be valid).

She does not need to leave. If I am reading your post correctly please do not go to the house the day after your notice is up and change the locks. This will be illegal eviction and you will be in big trouble.

Try a specialised website for more advice, landlordzone.co.uk
Edited by: "r4rcm" 11th Sep 2017
I had something like your scenario some time ago,
My tenant was renting off me privately then lost her job and didn't tell me, she subsequently claimed housing benefit without my knowledge. She didn't pay her rent for two months and said it was the councils fault as there was a delay in receiving the benefit. Luckily as the arrears were in excess of £1200 in month one I went direct to the council and proved the arrears were owing and they transferred the housing benefit payable direct to me without her permission.
Rather than go through an eviction process I offered her x amount of money in cash to move out and fortunately she accepted and moved out within 2 weeks. Probably not morally ethical, but was cheaper and quicker than going through the eviction process.
Have you contacted the Housing Office to see if you could get the Housing Benefit paid direct to you?
Send a letter giving 14 days notice advising you want to inspect the property on a certain date advising that you will enter the property even if she is not there.
or that you have mislaid the keys on an address labelled key ring and that the locks will have to be changed immediately for security purposes, if she doesn't respond within 48 hours you will change the locks anyway etc
Edited by: "Toptrumpet" 11th Sep 2017
Toptrumpet31 m ago

I had something like your scenario some time ago,My tenant was renting off …I had something like your scenario some time ago,My tenant was renting off me privately then lost her job and didn't tell me, she subsequently claimed housing benefit without my knowledge. She didn't pay her rent for two months and said it was the councils fault as there was a delay in receiving the benefit. Luckily as the arrears were in excess of £1200 in month one I went direct to the council and proved the arrears were owing and they transferred the housing benefit payable direct to me without her permission.Rather than go through an eviction process I offered her x amount of money in cash to move out and fortunately she accepted and moved out within 2 weeks. Probably not morally ethical, but was cheaper and quicker than going through the eviction process.Have you contacted the Housing Office to see if you could get the Housing Benefit paid direct to you?Send a letter giving 14 days notice advising you want to inspect the property on a certain date advising that you will enter the property even if she is not there.or that you have mislaid the keys on an address labelled key ring and that the locks will have to be changed immediately for security purposes, if she doesn't respond within 48 hours you will change the locks anyway etc


That sounds perfect, may I please contact you via a PM?
Beetplek2 h, 31 m ago

The tenancy agreement was being handled by someone else, who i cant get in …The tenancy agreement was being handled by someone else, who i cant get in touch with, it ran out 1.5 years ago. And there was special reasons i agreed to let her have it. Mainly her parents live on the same street, but i`m having no luck contacting her. Trust me this house has been a lot of problems over the last 7 years and this is nothing compaired to the past. But I`m hoping we can sort it out but she isnt communicating with me.


I don't wish to sound harsh, but the property isn't the issue. If you don't even have a copy of your agreement and you are the landlord, the issues are of your own making.
PM me when you get a chance and I'll try to help you
Just seen your second post, take a copy of the eviction notice to the Housing office and instruct them to stop the Housing benefit on that date etc.
gain entry, throw all her stuff outside and change the locks
dataload57 m ago

gain entry, throw all her stuff outside and change the locks

Then go to gaol, share a cell with a guy called 'Crusher', dispute the claim (unsuccessfully, as you would be labelled a terrible landlord) for the two 50" TV's, The Bose stereo system and all her jewellery that had gone missing when you threw her stuff outside.

NOT A PLAN!
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