10:22 AM, 31st July 2020, About 11 months ago 10
Some tenants left a landlord’s property a year ago with nearly £2,000 in arrears. The court awarded the £2,000 to the landlord, but the landlord was then asked to go to mediation to come to an agreement about payment.
The mediation followed the usual pattern. Instead of the tenants offering a payment plan they accused the landlord of stealing a car to the value of £2,000 and said they would pay once the car was returned. The landlord suggested they report this alleged theft to the police.
Anyway, a letter arrived today, the 30th of July, from the courts. It was dated 24th of July and said that if the landlord did not respond within 7 days of the issue of the letter the claim would be stayed. Said letter was posted on the 28th of July (a nice clear date stamp) and sent second class. The landlord, therefore, had one day to respond before a hard-won court judgement was overturned.
Is anyone else experiencing this kind of shenanigans from the courts?
Is this the way things are going to be now?
Tenants are invariably given 28 days repeatedly throughout the court process, and the landlord is given one day (the letter could have easily arrived a day after the deadline).
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