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« on: December 21, 2021, 05:33:18 PM »

Hi,

I have got a property, that is fully managed by Estate Agents. Last time the house was visited it was in summer 2019. I was doing all the works I heard of as they came but in September this year I learnt that the tenant is going to the court with the case against me as she lives in the house in sub standard condition. (I know ADMIN's state on the work of the agents, and I am more and more keen on this, I think)
When I learnt about it, I was shocked for two reasons - how the house deteriorated in the time she lived there and court case.
I took action and the house have been worked on for last around 10/11 weeks. We would have finished earlier but the storm caused some extra damage to the roof that had to be attended to prevent any further problems, this is what caused us the delay.

I waved off two months rent, as a recognition of the problems she experienced, but there are still 250 pounds left as outstanding rent.
The works costed me over 10000 pounds and I cannot afford any more expenses or loses.

During this time, whenever she wanted something she always waved a solicitor and court case in my face. Now she is saying that she will not pay this outstanding 250 pounds as the works went into 11th week. She says that if I want her to pay it, she will take me to the court. I 'gave' her 920 pounds in free living in the house for two months, wasn't this enough? Does she have any rights to do this? Have any of you experienced something like this? What did you do?

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Kris
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2021, 12:23:57 PM »

What exactly is she threatening to take you to court over? I cannot see any solicitor taking up this case,even if she was granted legal aid. What is not clear from your account is whether she has  ever actually served any kind of official legal document on you,or are these just silly threats? Did the local council get involved? If they issued a list of work to be done,and have signed that off,I would serve notice on the tenant without delay. I would also be inclined to go to small claims over the outstanding rent,not because I think she will pay,but it could get her a CCJ to warn other future landlords.If you are telling the truth about it all, and you have always dealt with genuine repairs when informed of them, I would say try not to get stressed out over this. Get shot of the LA and be very careful about who you let to next time. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2021, 12:34:24 PM »

Thank you. I think they are just the threats but a simple possibility of ending up in court stresses me out.
As this is my first b2l, I am learning a steep lesson here and I am keen on any knowledge.
So thank you for insight and word of advise.
Take care. Kris
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2021, 02:50:44 PM »

I think - as a counterpoint for consideration - that worrying about 250 and the potential for future arrears with a troublesome Tenant when compared to 10,000 already paid-out, that you should take a bath on that 250 and focus all your efforts on getting a new lovely Tenant for your new-ish lovely property. Sometimes a business relationship breaks down to the point it cannot be repaired and should not be persisted with.

If you have all your ducks lined-up then I would serve a Section 21 now the notice period is back to 2 months... and move on. There will likely be expenses greater than 250 you are going to have to swallow in getting a new Tenant on board, so this will seem insignificant in the long run... don't fall into the trap of fighting things on principle too much... you want reliable, predictable, steady income... not a war. Be pragmatic about the situation as is.
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2021, 03:00:43 PM »

I agree that 250 is not worth fretting over,but if a tenant has been an utter nightmare,a CCj is the only way you can at least  put paid to their nasty tricks.
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2021, 10:05:55 AM »

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