Antisocial tenants can give private landlords all sorts of issues. The RLA Policy and Communications team are happy to announce the publication of a guide designed to help deal with problem tenants and safeguard your properties and reputation from antisocial tenants.
What would you do if a tenant was annoying neighbours on a regular basis? What would you do if a tenant had the police around to your properties? What would you do if a brothel or drug factory was being run out of one of your properties? We hope that you’ll never find out, but horror stories exist and the RLA wants landlords to know what they should be aware of in safeguarding their properties and reputations.
The guide outlines the responsibilities that private landlords have with problem tenants as they differ depending on the requirements of the local council. For example, Selective Licensing is often argued as a method of battling antisocial behaviour in privately rented accommodation. In this light, landlords must take the necessary steps to prove they are doing what is expected of them under the requirements of the scheme.
The document also provides instances best practice from the beginning of a tenancy to ways of expediting eviction should it get to that point.
The document, which was written by the RLA Policy Director, Richard Jones, is available for download and provides details of why and when to contact the police as some landlords have been caught out and lost insurance claims.
The guide is broken down into four sections:
- Dealing with antisocial tenants
- Taking action against Antisocial behaviour
- What happens if Antisocial behaviour continues
- Antisocial behaviour: take legal action
View the full antisocial tenant guide by clicking here, it is also available for download.
For other landlord information documents, visit the RLA website’s Guide section which covers landlord basics, risk assessments, and specific topics like dealing with Legionnaires disease.