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So, an EEJit has moved into my once harmonious block of flats.....

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« on: February 08, 2022, 02:05:41 PM »

I have a rental in a block of 6 two storey flats, originally  1 owner and 5 landlords. One of the flats was put up for sale so we are now 2 owners and 4 landlords.
The new owner has moved her Eejit boyfriend in and here's the issue......
So far he has applied for planning permission to  build a drive in the communal garden so  he can park his 8 meter Motorhome.We managed to kill that with a few emails to the council.
He then installed outdoor power sockets on the outside wall of my flat and running the cabling around another flat.(Says he got permission from my tenants)
Next up installing a power socket in the communal landing and putting a tumble dryer there along with all sorts of garbage, bikes fishing gear proceeded to hang his "Artwork" on our freshly painted walls.Behaves aggressively towards anyone who asks him to remove any fire hazards and unauthorised cabling.Refuses to pay for the gardening service as he will cut his own 1sixth of the grass,hanging plants from the guttering and missing in action for any communal bills.
You have to bare in mind he is not an owner or a tenant  any ideas on a way forward?
The tenants are at their wits end with this character.

NB it's in SCOTLAND and all freehold.


any advice gratefully received.
« Last Edit: February 08, 2022, 06:15:29 PM by Jazzert1000 »
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2022, 02:57:24 PM »

From personal experience I know that any kind of obstructions in communal halls or landings can be used as a reason not to pay out by insurers in the event of a fire.I had a tenant who persisted in putting her bikes under the stairs near the back entrance.They were not actually blocking the door,but a fire officer confirmed the insurance would be compromised.
I was recently walking past a block of council flats near me,and there was an altercation as council workers were removing pot plants and chairs that residents had placed in communal areas.An order had gone out,based on insurance inspections.They could not get cover until the stuff was moved.It might be worth contacting your fire officer/insurers  for advice.
You would be entitled I think to get the sockets removed,and bill him for the cost.What a pain,an eejit indeed.

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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2022, 04:46:18 PM »

This isn't really a property question, not really. It's more about a troublesome neighbour.

I know nothing about Scotland, but one thing did interest me... how are there communal bills if there's no Lease to enforce those? If it's historically been done on goodwill and now that goodwill doesn't exist... how can you even think of 'enforcing' it? Is there some other formalised vehicle? But why would you be trying to deal with him anyway... as you say, he's not an owner or a Tenant. Remove anything he puts up anywhere, without warning (or warn him once and then take the action you've warned him about) and bypass him for any communications with the actual owner. Finally, never give your Tenants authority to agree anything on your behalf, hammer into their brains - "you'll have to discuss it with my Landlord".

If it was Leasehold or there was a Management Company (however, small) or Resident Association... maybe it would be a property question?
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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2022, 06:35:26 PM »

We have had the fire brigade,involved, they handed out leaflets to the full block explaining the hazards of keeping stuff in escape-ways but apparently they can only advise and not enforce, the council are not concerned as they do not have any tenants in the block.
As for giving tenants authority, I never have and they are denying ever doing so. We are in to a 1000 legal bill for a lawyer telling us basically there is next to sod all we can do.I have been advised by another lawyer that the walls of my flat are not mine but common property to the block so not as straight forward as it might seem to any sane reasonable person.As ever I am grateful for everyone's advice and appreciate there is no magic bullet for this but hoping others may have been in similar situations and may have found a solution.
This is not the Eejits first rodeo, and apparently it's his modus operandi wherever he goes spreading joy.
« Last Edit: February 08, 2022, 06:37:21 PM by Jazzert1000 »
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2022, 09:10:52 PM »

O.K.He's a new boyfriend of an owner? How about this? It's Valentine's  Day next week.If you know his name, send a card with a very explicit promise of some hanky panky,sign it some with some sexy name,hope she gets to see it. Report back to us.
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2022, 12:53:11 AM »

Well HK that advice is as good as I got from the lawyer.
Will keep you posted! :)
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