Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
I am renovating a HMO and had to give notice to the remaining tenants. One refused to leave when the S21 expired. Because he was in discussions with the council about rehousing him, I held back from issuing repossession proceedings. However, after several weeks with no progress, I paid £1,250 to a well-known firm to commence proceedings.
The tenant eventually moved out during the week he received the letter from the court setting the hearing date. He has left the room in an awful state, so I should be able to claim his deposit and I am expecting about £100 to be refunded from the legal firm. However, this leaves me around £1,150 out of pocket, not to mention the losses caused by the delay in gaining access to his room.
I am thinking about pursuing him through moneyclaimonline for the legal costs as these were incurred solely because he refused to vacate. I was planning to do this anyway, once I secured the possession order but now he has left before the court hearing and I wonder if the county court would consider my legal costs to be a valid claim.
Anybody had a similar experience?
All advice would be welcome.
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