It always staggers me when I come across landlord antics that are so shocking they actually take my breath away.
The press love to publish stories of tenants that have trashed a property / tuned it into a cannabis factory / stopped paying the rent / moved 20+ family members in but what about nightmare landlords?
I am seriously considering starting a one day course on “How to be a Landlord”. I just wish I could make it law that before being given a buy-to-let mortgage a landlord is required to attend my course and agrees to abide by the law.
It is all very well bringing in laws such as the Tenancy Deposit Scheme to ensure deposits are protected but some landlords still think they are above this law and that by writing a clause in their Tenancy Agreement they can keep hold of it. Some think that because they own the property they can enter it whenever they like. Others think they can change their minds about renting the property out and say “leave” and that be the end of it.
I met one of my dearest friends via an online parenting forum when she mentioned that she was having a nightmare landlord problem. As it transpires, just five miles down the road. I helped her construct letters and argue her case and watched her move out into another property.
A few months ago a friend heard somebody on the radio mention her situation with maintenance issues in her new flat that her landlord was ignoring. Several emails and weeks later I managed to give her the advice that got it sorted.
This weekend I helped two fellow Tweeters who lived in towns 100 miles apart but who were both struggling with landlords who have behaved in the most appalling way. One had stopped paying the mortgage so the house has been repossessed, leaving him homeless with a six year old. The other where the landlord felt it acceptable to make a nuisance of herself in the middle of the night and when that didnt work decided to disconnect the electricity supply to the property.
So until such time as I can write a course and stand in front of a projector, I am going to use my blog to publish some “How to be a landlord” type posts.
If you have examples of shocking landlords either past and are happy for me to use your example, or you are in the midst of it and need a hand, please do get in touch.