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I have sharing a house with two other tenants one of which it now transpires has some severe mental health problems, which appear to be escalating. I feel I have become a hostage in my own home to her illness. Most recently she has been talking of suicide. I have had to leave the property as I no longer feel safe. I am trying to find emergency accommodation for myself and am now not sure what to do. Or how to deal with the situation. I emailed my landlord (who already knows of the situation) but she has not replied to me.

Any advice welcome?

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I have sharing a house with two other tenants one of which it now transpires has some severe mental health problems, which appear to be escalating. I feel I have become a hostage in my own home to her illness. Most recently she has been talking of suicide. I have had to leave the property as I no longer feel safe. I am trying to find emergency accommodation for myself and am now not sure what to do. Or how to deal with the situation. I emailed my landlord (who already knows of the situation) but she has not replied to me. Any advice welcome?

– Patricia Lemon

Oh dear, poor you. I had a friend that had this problem with a schizophrenic, and no matter how much she complained, no-one did a thing for a very long time. I am afraid most landlords do nothing, they just want the rent. I would complain to social services as anyone with a mental heath problem will have a CPN. Tell them the whole story. Keep a record of everything that happens. My second advice would be to contact SHELTER, they are very good at sorting out problems. Email them first, that way you have a paper trail. If the situation is effecting your mental well being? Make an appointment with your GP, more evidence. Best of luck with all of this. Let me know how you get on.

Bolly

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Patricia,

My heart goes out to you, what a dreadful situation to be in. You state you’re sharing this house, but you don’t state whether you share common rooms,living room, kitchen etc or whether the property is split in two. If it’s te latter then I presume you have a seperate front door and living accomodation, but my fear is, it’s the former where you and this other person share the property like two friends as example ” though you willingly chose this person to share with” but again my guess you did not choose this person to share with, now that is whole a different situation.

If your landlord is aware of this other person’s mental illness and or has had their attention brought to it, and they ignore it, then for me, I would be making this the issue. If the landlord is NOT informing other tenants of people’s mental background they ahve to share the same space with, then this could fall very heavily on the landlord. As they will be responsible for this knowledge and witholding it – a serious error on their behalf. In exactly the same way if someone is attacked out in the street where someone knowingly withheld information regarding their mental stability would be seriously in trouble. Not everyone who has mental illness has a CPN, it all depends if the person with the illness makes visits to GP’s or avoids this and moves around so as not to be detected.

If you believe your life is being threatened then take charge of the situation and make this known to just about every valid source – the police for one. Wouldn’t you notify the police if you were out in the street and someone was threatening you..yes of course most people would, this is no different, except this under your own roof through no fault of your own, but someone elses choice to make money. Disgraceful, and as soon as we take more of a stance against such landlords who are just in it for the money, the better. Please ensure you keep records and make sure you tell people of your fear. And warn the landlord, don’t suck up to them, ensure you put in writing your intentions if they do NOT do something, and give them a time frame. Seek advice through a solicitior, most give a free 30 or 60 minute consultation. You must protect yourself IF you are really concerned. I hope this gets resolved soon for you, I really do.

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Thanks for your response, it is most welcomed. I will be speaking with a solicitor on Monday. Yes the Landlord and the other tenant (best friend of Landlord) did have some indication that the said tenant had a mental health problem, and failed to make me aware of the situation. They had not done any back ground checks on her and took her at face value. The landlord has and best friend tenant had naively gone into the rental market without doing any homework and thought they could sort it all themselves, they have unfortunately been caught out and now trying to amend a difficult situation. Yes, they have made money from me but have not really understood the obligations of a Landlord. (which can be difficult). Yes a quick and easy money making enterprise.

 

I received an email response from my landlord and all she can say is “sorry you had to move out and you are not entitled to a refund”. grr this has taken three days to reply and no immediate action to make safe my home.

 

On Monday a joiner is coming with me to put a lock on my bedroom door  as an interim arrangement until I can find some alternative accommodation.

 

In all fairness it is sad that what should have been a mutually agreeable situation for all has turned out a rather disgusting and frightening  situation for me, I now have a big problem to get sorted out.

Thanks once again.

 

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