How best to trace a tenant?

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8:49 AM, 29th December 2020
About 4 weeks ago

How best to trace a tenant?

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How best to trace a tenant?

A tenant recently left my rental property with no forwarding address. The keys have been returned and there is an outstanding debt and damage caused to the flat.

Do any readers have recommendations for how best to trace the tenant to contact him and chase/register the debt against him he has left?

Thank you in advance

Colum


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Neil Patterson

8:55 AM, 29th December 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Hi Colum,

I would contact one of our longest standing sponsors and industry leaders at Paul Shamplina's team of Landlord Action.
>> https://www.property118.com/evicting-tenants-landlord-action/

Jon Dahms

10:25 AM, 29th December 2020
About 4 weeks ago

If it is only the initial trace we have used findukpeople.com with success before. Patience is the key as they need to put down roots elsewhere.

Mike T

10:59 AM, 29th December 2020
About 4 weeks ago

In addition to the other suggestions you could try a 'search' on social media. Face book, twitter etc. Good luck.

Laura Delow

11:01 AM, 29th December 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Chris @ Possession Friend

12:12 PM, 29th December 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Most cost-effective Tracing we use is VILCOL - £35, ( No-find, No-fee )
( say we referred you, if you would. Neither of us will financially benefit, just a relationship token gesture )
We have helped clients with longer term detailed tracing suggestions ( and offer free advice - if you need )

Ginster

12:56 PM, 29th December 2020
About 4 weeks ago

A rental agent told me it's best to wait for six months - this gives the tenant time to re-register their new address, otherwise if they don't it comes back to your address. You don't want to waste anymore money!

Chris @ Possession Friend

12:59 PM, 29th December 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Ginster at 29/12/2020 - 12:56
Not as long as 6 months, Yes, you need at least a month for the ex-tenant to start notifying various places of their change of address.

With No-find, No-fee, you don't pay until an address is found.

Ginster

13:23 PM, 29th December 2020
About 4 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Chris @ Possession Friend at 29/12/2020 - 12:59
I don’t know if I would have re-registered everything in a month??

Lindsay Keith

17:14 PM, 29th December 2020
About 4 weeks ago

About 1,000 years ago when I did debt collection, we used enquiry agents. You don't ask how they get their info but be thankful for it.
Next question, searchers cost money. Debtor worth powder and shot?

Paul landlord

10:30 AM, 30th December 2020
About 4 weeks ago

At the 35 quid it costs me than yes it is. No trace no fee. Tracer will try again after a further time period later- afterall its only a few keystrokes on a computer.

Gotten many a ccj this way with attachment of earnings seeing money rolling in for years to come. Some might only amount to £20 a month but as say it comes in for years and multiple 20s a month add up. I also take delight in knowing everytime they see the deduction in their paypacket from the court it reminds them they should be more honourable.

Plus if more landlords didnt display such apathy then maybe we would have more chance of keeping the scumbags out with a CCJ registered against their name before we agree a let.

With the erosion of landlord rights it's never been so important.

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