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A Weston landlord has called for ‘rogue tenants’ to be called to account after new fines were announced for home owners whose rented accommodation does not reach a good standard.
The new system would give on-the-spot fines of up to £30,000 to landlords whose property is considered ‘non-decent’.
However, one landlord has spoken out about the way in which the fine could impact landlords affected by ‘rogue tenants.’
Landlord Martin Haynes took on four properties in central Weston and has houses number of tenants over the years. However, he has fallen victim to a small minority of tenants who ended up ‘trashing the place,’
Mr Haynes said: ‘There is support from various agencies and the well-meaning public for the homeless but I assure you there are some people who do know how to play the system and, once in a property, they can wreak havoc. The clear up costs after the drawn out legal process can be why fewer landlords are prepared to rent to the minority.’
Whilst Mr Haynes still accepts benefit renters, the number of landlords who are willing to do this has dropped after universal credit due to fear regarding void periods.
He added: ‘One thing I do like is seeing the successes of some of my tenants when they have been able to turn themselves around but there are some we still have to put up with.When they don’t pay their rent, I have to serve them with a letter giving them a month to move out and sometimes they refuse to do so. You then have to take them to court and then I may need to pay for a bailiff to evict them. The whole process could take months to complete during which time I would have to cover the council tax, bills and other costs.’
However, it is the rogue tenants who leave behind horrendous mess that bother Mr Haynes the most. He said: ‘I have had doors broken in half and flats completely trashed but one of the worst cases I had was a tenant who peed in bottles and left them under the bed. The cost of a deep clean is excessive and trying to remove the smells left behind is a lengthy process meaning I can lose money as I cannot rent it out.’