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Tennant given section 21 bailiff next wk rings me today wants letter for council to say he is up to date with rent has been paying 800 but clamping 950 just found out today also is 2 months in arrears ruined the flat got 2 kids wife always fighting with wife been working and clamping as well what would be the right thing to do rember the kids pls advice I am a softie usually
Tell the tenant that you will not tell lies for him
Whatever you do do not enter into the world of trying to help a tenant falsify truths in their quest for social housing, assisted housing and/or benefit claims. you will firstly be breaking the law and secondly you will always end up worse off as you will be the one who is seen as the perpetrator of any under hand deal when your tenant says you told him to do it!. As Mary has said do not lie.
Serve the correct notices and follow the correct protocol to evict them, cut your losses, then brush yourself off, refurbish your property, then reference your next tenant properly, insure your rents and legal fees and learn from this one my friend.
Once you have done this do what we all do and move on a bad tenant must be dealt with like a bad business deal undertake damage limitations and salvage what you can re-group and start again.
Agree with posts above by Mary and Paul, tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
We're always being asked by tenants (both good and bad) to falsely issue Section 21 notices so they can use the notice to obtain housing with the local council, we always refuse. A word of warning is that all councils have tenancy sustainment officers who check the validity of notices issued to tenants, to confirm the notice has been issued for correct and proper reason. They will phone you to check this and maybe even post a questionnaire out to you to fill in.
Good luck, negotiate with tenant to bring tenancy to an end on a mutual basis, cut your losses and move on. Try to explain to the tenant a court procedure to gain possession and recovery of any rental arrears is not beneficial to anyone as l doubt you will ever recover a penny of the arrears. If tenant not prepared to negotiate then proceed with correct protocol to evict them.
Aki Ellahi, Rent Me Now, Wolverhampton
Isn't the issue with a Section 21 notice; that a landlord does not have to give ANY reason whatsoever to require the tenant to vacate.
He could say he doesn't like the tenant's face; so I hardly see why a questionaire which a landlord is NOT obligated to complete would be of much use to a council housing dept.
I definitely agree with Mary, Paul & Aki's advice.
"Truth fears no questions" as Samii tweeted this morning
You've definitely started in the right place Raj, and please remember in the future to make sure you reference your tenants properly. We've all got this free tool of Landlord Referencing Services, so why not start using it?
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