Free To A Good Home: One (Almost) House Trained Tenant

Arrgh!  I first began this blog as a form of therapy to offload some of the ridiculousness of human nature which us landlords come across on a daily basis.  Thankfully over the last couple of years I’ve either become a better judge of character or God threw me some decent, independent, rent paying tenants just to give me a break.

Throughout the blog posts, Tom has appeared on a regular basis as either the cause of some unacceptable behaviour or as an inspiration with his unique quotes.  On average, every 6 months he goes off the rails, gets blind drunk and throws his not inconsiderable weight around the house and is completely oblivious the next day of anything which occurred 12 hours earlier.  I have a rant at him, produce the evidence and issue yet another Section 21.

He’s been a tenant for 8 years and I’m now convinced he suffers from a learning difficulty and is unable to interpret people, emotions or social situations.  He’s nearly 50 and conditions such as dyspraxia, autism, ADHD, etc. weren’t acknowledged or diagnosed when he was young to the extent they are today.  I’m also convinced that is why he drinks – it’s never at home, always in a pub and he’s always the first to buy someone else a drink.  He has a “friend” who can mend a phone, operate a lawnmower, do a deal on a laptop  or window cleaning but these “friends” never visit, never have a name and are nowhere to be seen on Christmas Day.  When he has only loose change in his pocket, he always makes sure there’s food in the fridge and his sheets and clothes are pressed, the house is spotless and he loves to help out other housemates. This can go on for weeks on end and he has never, ever once been late with his rent top up.

Then, he obtains some cash from somewhere, goes to the pub, comes home with or without a police escort and without provocation becomes so angry the other housemates are scared as he bashes his way round the hall and upstairs to bed.  They’re lucky if he doesn’t p**s himself along the way.  They all say the same thing – what a wonderful, kind man sober, but an incontrollable nightmare when drunk.

According to Tom, he’s been in the Army, worked in the scaffolding and security businesses and run warehouses but I’ve glimpsed his CV and he’s been unable to hold down a job for more than a few months since school.  As someone once said “Run a warehouse?  He can hardly run a bath”.

At the beginning of the year I was at the end of my tether as to what to do with him after he set off the fire alarm thinking it was the light switch.  I contacted social services for advice as I deem him on the verge of vulnerable if evicted as he was previously homeless before he came to me.  I didn’t get a response.  I know the council are under far too much pressure finding housing for those people for whom they have a legal responsibility and as a single man with no dependants, he won’t be entitled to any sheltered housing.

I have no idea what will happen to him or how this particular situation will end but I do know that I’m sorely tempted to wrap Tom up in a blanket one night, place him in a moses basket with a bottle of whisky and a note with his name and NI number and leave him on the doorstep of the council’s housing department to be discovered the next morning.

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3 responses to “Free To A Good Home: One (Almost) House Trained Tenant

  1. Hi there,
    Always read and love your articles and the fact that you’ve managed to hold onto a (slightly warped – sorry, but it needs to be to keep your sanity in the PRS sector!) sense of humour. One thing that may be worth a try if you haven’t already done it, is checking out whether Tom really is ex-forces; if he is and can remember his service number (which most ex-soldiers can do even when all other bodily functions have failed them), he should be able to get some kind of help from SSAFA, Veterans’ Aid or another organisation dealing with ex-services personnel, especially if he has support needs. I’ve used these organisations in the past when dealing with cases like this.
    Hope it works out!
    All the best
    Tommy

  2. Smithy

    So what is your objective? Do you want Tom to be rehoused by the Council? As you say, a single man with no dependents who is in perfectly adequate accommodation will presumably not even get on to the list.

    In his 40’s, he would not be given any particular preference for ‘sheltered housing’ – isn’t that usually for older people? Would sheltered housing be the right place for him?

    Surely, what you/he need first is a proper diagnosis – which would start with his GP.

    And if you have contacted Social Services and not received a reply – get on to his local Councillor – that’s what they are there for.

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