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10 years with Neighbours from Hell on Benefits...damage my property, council/police never helped

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I bought a house 10 years ago as an investment, put it on rent, not knowing that what appeared to be an the empty house next door being, was in fact tenanted by a family who came from a rough council estate, well known to the police.

 

I put the house for rent 10 years ago, during this time the family next door have

 

1. Had a scrap metal business operating from their back garden, piling up metal against the fence, I fixed up to stop them tresspassing into my garden.

 

2. Used a air gun to break my window.

 

3. Cut down a massive 50ft high tree, which fell into my back garden, broke all my fences and damaged my house. (The Tenants said it just happened by the wind, when they were visible cut marks on the trunk on the tree)

 

4. Broke into my house from the back garden patio, ripped up the central heating, thrown the central heating into a field behind the back garden and stole the copper piping. When I asked if the saw what happened, they said 'we just heard sounds'

 

5. Broke my fences

 

6. They cut down the bushes in the front garden and now are tresspassing into my front garden as and when they please and swinging from the metal guard door, I've put to stop breaking into the house.

 

Over the years, I've been in touch with the social services, council, police and nobody has helped me.

 

The police told me the family is well known to the police and has history and the local PSCO is too scared to even go to the house.

 

I asked the lady next door, who is always in bath robe most of the time, if she had the landlord details, but she said no.

 

I must have spent £5k on the house after next door have damaged it.

 

Countless men and youths go into/out the house daily, the lady is on benefits as well as the other over 18's, very rough family.

 

At my wits ends now, I have tenants at the house, who want a stop to the tresspassing into the front garden, they asked me to put a fence up to stop the tresspassing that will costs over £300 and I'm worried what if the people next door break/damage the fence.

 

The only people who have caused damaged are the people next door, nobody else is going to come specially to cause damage.

 

Shall I get the landlords details on land registry and write him a letter, asking him to tell his tenants to stop walking into my front garden or shall I go see him in person?

 

I want to say any future damage to the house, can I take the landlord to the smalls claim court for the damage his tenants have done or may due?

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10 yrs of of this with your rented property

 

The main issue I see here is the property being rented, has the tenant in place at the time being complaining to both the Police and Council about the Criminal Damage/Anti Social Behaviour?

 

I am surprised over this time period that the Police & the Councils Anti Social Behaviour team have not been more pro active even with advice.

 

It all comes down to evidence and witnesses to these incident over the period i.e. do you have any statements from the tenants/witnesses of these issues and the actions they took?

 

Have you considered discussing with the tenants (make sure and get there agreement in writing) about maybe installing cctv outside the property?

remember if you do this to get the agreement/permission in writing

 

What has been the Police advice over this time?

 

Has the Councils Anti Social Behaviour Team been involved with this, if so what actions have they taken?

 

New powers make it easier to tackle anti-social behaviour: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-powers-make-it-easier-to-tackle-anti-social-behaviour

 

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/12/contents/enacted


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you will need to take the matter to court and get an injunction against the landlord of the property. Taht will cost you a good few quid but you will be awarded costs if you get the injunction. if the tenants still persist you go back to court and the landlord will e clobbered financially for the breach and if it happens again they can be jailed for contempt of court. if the tenants were placed there by the council you name them as well as co-respondents. Expect to spend £10k initially though

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The police and council have done nothing at all to help, social have paid a few visits because the lady next door had lots of youths coming and going to the house at all hours, but apart from that they have done nothing.

 

For the scrap metal environmental health paid visits over the years and only once the house was sold at auction to the new landlord, did the scrap metal business end.

 

My tenants are too scared to be a witness, because they are the ones that have to live with the nightmare tenants next door, so my tenants don't want any trouble.

 

The family next door is is well known to the police for all kinds of acts of criminality but the police have done nothing and the local PSCO is too scared to even pay them a visit.

 

Calling the police will only make things worse, what I need is concrete evidence because my tenants are too scared to be a witness, would installing CCTV help at all, if the neighbours next door were caught on CCTV could charges be brought against the landlord of next door or the neighbours?

 

 

 

 

10 yrs of of this with your rented property

 

The main issue I see here is the property being rented, has the tenant in place at the time being complaining to both the Police and Council about the Criminal Damage/Anti Social Behaviour?

 

I am surprised over this time period that the Police & the Councils Anti Social Behaviour team have not been more pro active even with advice.

 

It all comes down to evidence and witnesses to these incident over the period i.e. do you have any statements from the tenants/witnesses of these issues and the actions they took?

 

Have you considered discussing with the tenants (make sure and get there agreement in writing) about maybe installing cctv outside the property?

remember if you do this to get the agreement/permission in writing

 

What has been the Police advice over this time?

 

Has the Councils Anti Social Behaviour Team been involved with this, if so what actions have they taken?

 

New powers make it easier to tackle anti-social behaviour: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-powers-make-it-easier-to-tackle-anti-social-behaviour

 

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/12/contents/enacted

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Would it be wise to have CCTV evidence before taking an injuction otherwise the neighbours next door will deny everything.

 

Should I get the landlord next door details and either meet or send a letter to him to ask him to ask his tenants to stop tresspassing and any damage to my property he is liable?

 

My fence is already damaged, my tenants told me it was the kids next door, again I don't have CCTV evidence BUT the fence is broken from the neighbours side and 2 fences have been kicked/broken from the neighbours side.

 

How does the injuction work out? I want the tenants next door out, because 10 years of this is too much

 

 

you will need to take the matter to court and get an injunction against the landlord of the property. Taht will cost you a good few quid but you will be awarded costs if you get the injunction. if the tenants still persist you go back to court and the landlord will e clobbered financially for the breach and if it happens again they can be jailed for contempt of court. if the tenants were placed there by the council you name them as well as co-respondents. Expect to spend £10k initially though

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Should I put a fence up in the front garden to stop the tenants tresspassing or get CCTV first then the fence?

My fear is i put the fence up, the tenats next door damage/break it, then claim they have no idea who damaged it and I lose more money, what do you suggest?

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you start off by finding out who owns the property, that is easy, costs £3 for copy of entry on Land Registry. You then inform them of your complaints and ask themt o prevent his tenants from stopping you fro having quiet enjoyment of your property. If that doesnt do anything ( unlikely it will) you will then have to either learn a hell of a lot very quicky or see a soliciotr who deals with this kind of thing. that is why i say expect to spend £10k, you can do it for a few hundred if you do everything yourself but will be hit with a massive costs order if you get it wrong so better spend the money and get it right and your money back.

As for fences, CCTV etc, yu ahve put up with this for 10 yeasr so it begs the question why havent you givent it the attention before? Your tenants can be witnesses so no real need for this now. I would put a new fence up after getting the injunctuion, it is likely to be too tempting for them so if they damage it afterwards then that will mean their LL wil have no choice but to evict or risk contempt proceedings.

Read up on injunctions and then see a solicitor. Yu cab ask the SRA for the details of one near you who specialises in this sort of thing and that will save you time and money compared to just going to the first name in the phone book

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