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A tenant of mine had rung about an hour before. She was frightened; there was shouting and crashing coming from the flat below hers. The police were too busy to come out and investigate and, being the owner of the flats, I was the only other person she thought to call.
Upon arriving I found that the front door of the property in question was open. This seemed unusual and I immediately felt concerned. Understandably so, considering that just a few months earlier I had discovered the bludgeoned body of another tenant in one of his properties.
I gently pushed the door ajar, nervously shouting “It’s the landlord, is everything alright?”
At that moment two men came running out of the flat, pushing me out of the way as they went. In the panic I didn’t notice the third man – my tenant – until he was on top of me!
Brandishing a knife.
The tenant slashed at my face and head before jumping to his feet and making a run for it. I managed to drag myself to the car where my son was waiting for me. Dean then drove me to the hospital for treatment. Miraculously, despite one of the wounds being close to my eye, there was no lasting injury.
I was then arrested.
The tenant had gone to the police whilst I was being treated for multiple stab wounds to the head and had accused me of aggravated burglary. Thankfully, after a few hours of questioning, I was released without charge. But, when I wanted the tenant arrested for the attack, I was told that the Crown Prosecution Service would never follow it up as the tenant complained first. It would be seen as a tit for tat accusation.
At this point I decided that enough was enough. I felt a landlord’s job was extremely risky and that the law as it stood did not do enough to protect them. Landlord Referencing Services was created shortly after to help landlords protect each other.
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