Mr Stein’s comments of my behaviour as a landlord are unfair. I had concerns about agreeing a tenancy with them when the estate agency first approached me to request consideration of the Steins as tenants: they had no visible means of financial support and were from overseas. The agency advised me of how upset and stressed Mrs Stein was in their rental in Albion Road – apparently they had a dreadful neighbour and Mrs Stein was very distressed. I considered their predicament, felt sympathy for their situation, and thus agreed the tenancy. Mr and Mrs Stein made at least two late rental payments, and I did not invoke clause 8.2 of the tenancy agreement and thus no interest was charged. I did not increase the rent at the time of extending the agreement, despite suggestion from estate agents to do so. I have actioned repairs rapidly; in fact one repair was to fix the shower which Mrs Stein informed me had broken because her husband had yanked it because it had stuck – she then told me my shower was just a cheap bit of plastic – this was rude and untrue.
In any event I am shocked by the tone of the Mr Stein’s email. He criticises me as acting unfairly in invoking the break clause. This is unjustified. Leaving aside the fact that the Steins requested the break close and appear to have planned to invoke the break clause themselves in order to vacate the premises in December, invocation of the break clause is within the terms of the rental agreement which all parties accepted and signed up to.
Mr Stein in his email describes himself as a grandparent and a senior. This appears to be an attempt to present himself as elderly and frail, in contrast to another description of himself elsewhere as “61 years young”, enjoying participating in sport and overseas travelling
I never feel comfortable sharing personal details with strangers, but I feel particularly aggrieved at Mr Stein’s representation of me as an uncaring landlord. I am a full time critical care nurse, with a stressful and responsible job that requires a lot of extra hours in addition to my paid time. I am also a daughter, whose father was also once 61 years young. Unfortunately my father is in very poor health, suffering from epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease and end stage dementia, and is now completely dependent for all his needs. I am responsible for supporting and maintaining the family home in Ireland, as well as care needs for my father and mother. This requires considerable time and effort on my part, and I struggle on a daily basis to cope with the emotional demands this places on me.
Now I find myself being judged and threatened by a stranger who is refusing to leave my flat. I have not slept properly since I read this email trail, and suffering anxiety as to what I am now going to do next month when my current accommodation is uninhabitable.
I understand the inconvenience caused to the Steins, and this is unfortunate timing for both them and me, but the Steins do have other options including family who live nearby who can support their accommodation needs. I have given 2 months notice, which is plenty of time to leave the premises comfortably.
Mr Stein has asked me to extend their stay until December. Even if I was in a position to do so I would have no assurance that the Steins would actually vacate, and I could find myself in the same situation in a few months time.
The threat of refusing to vacate and requiring eviction notices and legal proceedings is particularly nasty and upsetting. I do not appreciate unfair criticism, double standards or threats. I fear that any goodwill I felt before is now wearing thin.
This is all the more so since discovering this weekend that Mr and Mrs Stein have been renting out rooms in my property on AirBnB for well over a year, in clear breach of the tenancy agreement (section 10.21).
I am still requesting that the Steins vacate as per the original notice.
Please forward this email to the tenants in full'