11:12 AM, 26th October 2015, About 7 years ago 7
Although many of us will be aware that, should a tenant depart from a property owing money one way – indeed maybe the only way – to pursue such monies legally is via the court process, which can be costly and, could prove to be subsequently fruitless, especially if the ex tenant is on benefits or low wages.
However, I believe that there is a mechanism whereby, if a tenant is claiming Universal Credit a landlord can make a claim against a tenants UC claim.
If correct, my first question is, does this situation only apply to a person who has a shortfall in rent monies, but is still a tenant or can such an application be made when a tenant has moved on – obviously assuming one has the new address and other pertinent information (NI number DOB).
My second question relates to the similar situation as mentioned above however, in this case, one assumes that the ex tenant is still on the old benefits system.
I believe that Utilities etc can make a third party claim against the benefits being derived by the “ex tenant”. Is it possible for a Landlord to similarly make a third party claim against the ex tenant?