Mr. Chakrabortty on evictions

His specific example isn’t all that sympathy generating. Landlord wants to sell, gives 6 months notice, tenants then – well, they stop answering calls, don’t communicate. And that’s about it really.

Except for this:

He wasn’t the only property owner worrying in that time of confusion, but arguably any fall would have to be enormous for him to lose out: the Land Registry shows that Smith bought the flat in 2003 for £162,000; today, similar properties nearby sell for almost three times as much.

Well, yes Aditya. Losing out is losing from the current market value, not the purchase price.

9 thoughts on “Mr. Chakrabortty on evictions”

  1. ’ His specific example isn’t all that sympathy generating.’

    Seems to be a common factor with all columnists in this rag….

  2. Seems to me the two sides of a contract don’t understand what they are agreeing to

    Landlord: I am providing a home of decent quality for a set period of time for your exclusive use Under these conditions

    Tenant: I will make any promises and sign anything but have no intention of leaving and will make the whole process a nightmare and ensure you make no money

    Luckily most landlords and tenants seem to get along ok

  3. It is a constant amusement that EVERY time the Graun runs a sob story about the iniquities of the benefits or criminal justice or immigration system, the people they put forward as examples have brought their troubles entirely on themselves.

    Usually It’s not even a case of “well, you probably shouldn’t have had that 3rd child”, but something like “you shouldn’t have had that 3rd child, nor developed a smack habit and if you turned up at the DSS at least once or twice maybe you’d get your benefits’.

  4. A charitable interpretation is that this is evidence of the Guardian’s success. They’ve solved all the symapthetic cases, so all that’s left is the delinquent crack whores.

    This case is analogous to the complaint about bankers: “A landlord is a fellow who lends you his property when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”

  5. I could give Chucklebutty a nasty scare-story about a tenancy which he would be very welcome to use in the Guardian.

    It’s about what happened when we no longer needed to live in our bought property (a modest but much-loved Victorian terraced house) when my wife became a priest and we got a tied house some miles away. First tenant had impeccable references, in fact she was an employee of the estate agents. Moved in with boyfriend. Split up, boyfriend refused to move, and she had to move out – domestic violence, maybe. Boyfriend stayed, refused to pay rent, caused massive damage including smashing an entire Victorian widow, frame and all, right out of the wall. Agents very sympathetic, but argued against getting solicitors involved as they said these things are horrendously expensive and stressful and usually achieve nothing.

    All’s well that ends well – he eventually moved out and she (the girlfriend) lost her deposit paying for the damage. But I don’t know what we would have done had he dug his heels in. The cheapest option is probably to call late one evening with two big bruisers and a locksmith.

    There we are, Mr. Chucklebutty – stick that in the Guardian.

  6. I had almost the same on-off. Let to a young women. Boyfriend moved in. Broke up, told boyfriend to leave. He came round, she refused to answer door, so he kicked it in.

    Though, as you say, one incident in 25 years of letting.

  7. “an amicable relationship, in which the rent didn’t go up for seven years”: he’ll not make that mistake again, I dare say.

  8. “in which the rent didn’t go up for seven years”

    Don’t let your tenant get too comfortable. (Same goes for employees.)

  9. So “Mr Smith” has not actually served order to quit, merely threatened to do so in order to pressurise tenant to answer phone calls.
    Is this an eviction crisis?

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