Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
About 3 weeks ago 35
I’d like confirmation please that we are doing everything we can here. We let our buy-to-let property through an estate agent who also does the ongoing maintenance.
We’ve had a tenant for 18 months who stopped paying rent in July of this year.
When I looked him up on Google I discovered that he has a previous conviction for 69 counts of theft against a previous employer (a part-qualified accountant who stole £750k from them) and spent 4 years in prison as a result. It turns out our estate agent never followed up his references although perhaps these wouldn’t have been worth much anyway.
We went to court in November, paying for a solicitor and were granted possession. The tenant didn’t move out by the deadline. We’ve now got a warrant for eviction. I believe the bailiff waiting list is about 6 weeks but in the meantime we have learnt that he is appealing the eviction order. We haven’t received a copy of this appeal so we don’t know on what grounds he is appealing. I suspect he will say his wife is very ill as the estate agent was told this when trying to gain entry to do a house check.
Shouldn’t we be allowed to know on what grounds he is appealing the eviction order?
Will his criminal history be taken into account?
Our solicitor referred to it in our original statement, but the first judge said it was irrelevant. As a lay person I think it is very relevant. The judge who sentenced him in 2002 for the 69 thefts described him as a “thoroughly crooked man guilty of an extremely serious breach of trust”.
I am at my wits’ end as I’m paying a buy-to-let mortgage without a rental income, not to mention solicitor expenses.
This is a man who knows very much how to play the system and from where I’m sitting the system seems to be stacked in the tenant’s favour.
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