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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.

Jason on his way out?
19 April 2014 @ 14:48

Me (12.03, 18 September):
You haven’t answered my text. Why? You said you were going to do the decent thing and move out asap. When are you going? Like I said, we’re losing money every day, not being able to sort the house out to re-let it. Answer me  Jason and tell when you’re going.
 Jason (15.50, 18 September):
im going as fast as i can. Please stop bothering my sister. She has disowned me. Im off to the h.a.d. Tomorrow. Please dont bother my sister over my mistakes. Recent circumstances have nothing to do with her. Im trying to make things right but im stuck in quick sand at the moment.
Me (15.58, 18 September):
I don’t know what you mean about your sister –  Adrian had one nice chat with her. Don’t try and change the subject. You’ve damaged the house in too many ways to list. It’s going to cost us a fortune to bring it back to the standard it was in when you moved in. We need the date when you’re moving out, because, as I said, we can’t let Peter’s room until you’re gone. I don’t need to hear fancy expressions about quicksand. That’s talking like a victim. Start taking responsibility for your life and face up to what you’ve done and put it right. Don’t talk about putting it right. Put it right.
 Jason (16.03, 18 September):
My housing advisor said she wont put me up anywhere untill the end of the eviction notice. Its not nice sleeping in a place where your causing upset. I am a human with feelings and im upset for leting people down but ive just got a little red tape to cut through then ill be out. X
Me (16.09, 18 September):
Once again it’s about your feelings. What about  Adrian’s feelings? You said you’d get out almost immediately last week and now you’re planning to hang on as long as you can. We’ve got hefty bills to pay at the house – the mortgage, council tax, insurance, water, electricity (and the bills are astronomical – last week, we came in the morning, no-one was in and every single light was on in the daytime) and then we’re going to have to redecorate practically the whole house, re-carpet it and replace damaged and soiled furniture. Try and put yourself in our shoes. We are the victims here; not you. We have to pay out all this money and need four rents coming in.
 Jason (16.15):
O.k. then come n c the place right now. It looks better than when i moved in. I know things got out of hand but like i said when i leave the place will look better than when i moved in. x
 Jason (16.31):
I know that apologies meen nothing untill you put your money where youre mouth is. Im trying. But im a little but stuk. x
 Jason (16.36):
I will put things right.
 Jason (16.39):
If i had credit instead of txts then maybe we could talk things out so you could see that i am sincere. x
 Jason (16.49):
I think ive fixed the washing machine. It was just blocked up due to bad plumbing. ill let you know. x
Me (16.50):
I keep saying that only actions matter and yet you want to talk. We did the talking and we asked you to do the decent thing and leave. You haven’t. There’s nothing else to say. And I’m dealing with you because you stress  Adrian out too much.
 Jason (16.52):
I can go sleep on a park bench if u want me to but where am i going to store my stuff. I have been trying.
Me (17.48):
I said we could store your stuff if you go and stay with a mate. We need the room empty so we can re-let it.



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