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Landlord Blues: Renting out the house from hell

I am using this blog to publish extracts from my third book on the subject of dealing with tenants from hell. The aim of the book and blog is to give people an insight into what the life of a landlord can be like and to provide tips for making landlords’ lives easier. This is done by describing real experiences of our worst-case scenarios. This should help you avoid getting into the same fixes.

He's too selfish to be racist.
08 April 2014 @ 15:43

I then had to tell Okie the bad news.
Okie (14.49, 11 September):
The came [the police] this morning before I went out and asked me some questions and took some questions. And then asked me to go upstairs while they spoke to  Jason. I had to leave immediately as I didn’t want  Jason to have the impression that I invited them.
I said to  Adrian, ‘You know why they came so quickly? It’s because I mentioned the ‘R’ word, even though I don’t believe  Jason is racist.’ 
‘Oh, no, he’s far too selfish to be racist,’  Adrian said. That was a new one.  Adrian explained: ‘He’s so wrapped up in himself he wouldn’t care enough to be racist.’ That would rile the politically correct brigade. In the meantime I had been texting  Jason:
Me (19.28, 5 September):
Jason. You now owe £153.04 in rent. Can you text me when you have paid it? Also please confirm that you have taken a new vacuum cleaner to the house to replace the one you broke as Okie keeps asking  Adrian about it. Thanks.
Me (10.28, 7 September): 
Jason. Can you please answer my earlier text about the rent and the vacuum cleaner?
 Jason (10.35, 7 September):
I’m off down my m8s tonight to get a lift to collect the vacume cleaner and put my printer on amazon to pay off my dues. Sorry for the delay.
Me (14.22, 10 September):
We’ve been to the house and you weren’t there. Contact us immediately. We need you to vacate and return the keys if you wish to avoid criminal proceedings.
 Jason (17.05, 10 September):
The police came around earlier. I admitted to attempting to take the door off. They said they may come around tonight to arest me. I gave them the name of the guy who set off the fire extinguisher but i think they thought i made it up. I’ve found the extinguisher n braket in the street. Hopfully theres some forensic evidence on there. Ive tried vacuming up the dust but i need to get my m8 around with his steam cleaner to help me sort that out and also finish taking the door then get rid of all the rubish. I cant leave the house in this dusty mess its not all fare on Okinawa n could be hazardouse. So im going to my friends house at 6 when he finishes work so he can help me. I do have a conciounce n feel reely bad. I literally had to fight back the tears when Okinawa told me what happened to his lunch. I bought him some food. I have to get rid of this dust tonight for his sake. My m8 will take my printer to his tonight n put it on amazon. Ones in Worse condition are seling for 400 on there so that can go towards sorting out my dues. I promise to pay.  Adrian has been nothing but nice to me but i just kept on making mistakes. I will pay my dues because although it doesnet seem like it but i am greatfull fo
 Jason (17.08):
The police are involved now and if they do come around to arest me tonight i will still make amends. I feel terable.
Jason (17.10):
Only one of my friends is single who could posibly take me in. I will clean up n be out of your hair as soon as possible because i understand that me being here is upseting people and i dont want that.
 Jason (17.39):
Im in the process of sorting out storage n transport. You want me out understandably so im not going to make u hate me even more draging my heels.
Jason (11.09, 11 September):
I worked my fingers to the bone to try to make amends. House is spotless. Even did some stuff that wasnt on the list, Okinawa went to work happy thank god i felt terable im getting rid of the rubish tonight. Tomorow i will do the attic. I promise will pay my dues.  Adrian sutch a nice bloke i have to or ill never forgive myself. I went off the rails n i have to sort myself out n make amends for my mistakes.
Jason (11.28):
By the way the washing machine hasn’t worked for almost 2 weeks I told okinawa about it at the time. I don’t think its totaly gone. I think it needs new bushes or brushes or whatever you call them. I think your handy man will be able to sort that out. My dad allways to fix his. He had one for about 15 years once. im obviously out of here asap. Just thinking about okinawa. He did tell me to try to txt your but i forgot.
I didn’t answer any of the texts. We were only interested in one saying he’d got out so that we could get in and sort out the mess.



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