My last single female tenant illegally sublet my flat to three men. It created considerable wear and tear not only on my nerves, listening to her lies via email and knowing from all the reports from visiting repair men etc that there were 3 razors in the bathroom and guys sleeping around the flat and on the floor all the time, and that the actual tenant was nowhere in sight nor her belongings.
Very stressful wondering what would happen next and if the rent would be paid or other foreseeable disasters every 5 minutes, It also created considerable wear and tear on the flat which they didn´t look after at all, didn´t clean or anything, and three men is very different to one single female. When I threatened to report the tenant for fraud because of subletting, the men, whom she had repeatedly refused to name when asked, completely disappeared from my flat, unsurprisingly (they may have been illegal immigrants – I have no idea) There is now the question of unpaid bill s, I don´t even know who the providers of the services will have been and will be watching what comes in the post at the flat to try and find out (people change the providers these days, and if not, the tenants have done a flit anyway, the illegal ones and also the original ‘legal’ (lying) one!
I´m worried about what is going to happen re the bills if they´re unpaid. I also have no idea in whose name they could have put them in so I hope I don´t get any nasty surprises. I know the tenant tried to put the council tax in my name but then changed her mind about a week later. (The council tax people sent me a bill which is how I found out) I´ve found it very hard to get any joy out of the DPS re deposits with the last bad tenant who wrecked some of the contents of the flat and the money is still in the DPS account a year later! I´m going to have fun with this next tenant if the bills become a problem, getting the money from the DPS. I´m very disillusioned with the lack of help the DPS give in disputes, they just say if you can´t !resolve things between you then go to court.
Let this be a warning too, to other people letting out their flat because they like to travel. Get someone to visit the flat regularly and check on the condition and on the bills and whose name they are in! I do have a copy of the signed and witnessed Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement and hope this will stand me in good stead if this bad tenant has messed around with names in the bills.
Has anyone got any info on this? I will be happy to supply names to this wonderful new Landlord Referencing Service. Although it´s the only flat I have let out and I don´t have that many tenants to mention, I think this is a fantastic new venture and thank you for setting it up.
I agree that landlords are far too vulnerable the way things are set up.