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Problem Tenants?

How will BTC prevent problem tenants?

Generally, tenants are now required by law to:

• Pay their rent promptly.

• Take care of the property.

• Avoid causing a nuisance to the neighbours.

• Agree not to use the property for illegal or immoral purposes.

• Obey all conditions of the tenancy agreement.

If they do not meet their obligations, they can be evicted. However, the fact remains that problem tenants have the capability to cause landlords a large amount of stress, financial cost and inconvenience.

Often it is difficult to prevent a bad tenant from being the way they are. However, we take the following steps to minimise the risks of a tenant turning into a problem:

• Choose and vet the tenants properly – naturally, any future problems arising from bad tenants, if managing, will fall on our shoulders, therefore we recognise that the first stage of choosing the right tenants is vital. Naturally – we don’t want headaches too!

• Take a deposit

• Obtain guarantors

• Include appropriate clauses in the tenancy agreement – i.e. late rent fines, grounds for possession

• Property inspections

• Continuous monitoring of your tenant’s rent payments to make sure they are always made on time

• Contact tenant via phone and writing IMMEDIATELY if there are any late payments or if it has come to our attention that they are not conforming towards any of their contractual obligations.

• Serve the necessary notices without delay – Usually Section 21 and Section 8.

• Apply to courts for legal possession. If above fails, and the tenant refuses to leave or pay rent, we will apply for a possession order from the courts on your behalf.

Points to Remember:

• You should take legal advice before constructing similar letters yourself.

• Often, non-payment of rent is due to administrative errors in the setting up of standing orders.This can take up to a week to resolve, and it is advisable to show goodwill when dealing with such instances.

• Most tenancies are operated under joint and several liabilities, meaning that even if only one tenant is defaulting, it should be treated as though all tenants are. You are legally entitled to take action against all of the other tenants to recover money from one defaulting tenant.

• On some occasions, tenants refuse to pay due to unhappiness with the condition of the property. By law, tenants may only refuse to pay the rent or reduce payments where the problem is a safety or health matter, such as those concerning: structural repairs, draining, gutters, external pipes, water, gas, electricity, sanitation, heating and hot water.

• Please note and be advised, that it is a criminal offence for a landlord to evict a tenant without a court order. 

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