10:38 AM, 21st March 2016, About 7 years ago 16
I have a tenant who has been with us for 3 years. The original AST tenancy agreement was written in Sept 2013 which has 6 months on it. She is a DSS tenant, but they only pay £380, and the tenant pays £65 top-up.
She has always been in arrears on the top-up, but in the last 3 months the DSS have stopped paying her rent. We have sent her rent demand letters, a notice of eviction which is nearly 10 months old as we did not act on it as she paid the top-up arrears then.
We recently up-dated a tenancy agreement from Jan 2016- plus added a clause that the current AST is a continuation of the first AST. We have also put a claim in the small claims court for £1440, tenant says she is going to challenge it due to her low income, but on what grounds I don’t understand. I am issuing a section 8 notice too.
I would like to know the quickest way of evicting the tenant to minimise any more arrears, and is there any way I can collect my arrears?
She has always been a council paying tenant as she is a student with 2 children. She receives plenty in benefits as she has an autistic child. How can I resolve this, how can I recover my losses.
It just seems so unfair that Landlords like me are taken advantage of and the legal system plays into the hands of contract breaking tenants who won’t pay as they will claim not to have sufficient income.