How can I go to court without knowing his current address?

by Readers Question

11:14 AM, 24th February 2020
About 7 months ago

How can I go to court without knowing his current address?

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How can I go to court without knowing his current address?

One of my tenants was in rent arrears, then he complained to the council that the house did not have an HMO license.

The council inspected the property but everything was fine. In the end I served on the tenant a section 21 notice and he was saying that he will pay the rent.

On the last day he said that his father was going to transfer the money on my bank account. When I contacted his father he said that it was not his business.

I want to claim the money through the court by what are my chances now that I don’t have his current address?

Many thanks

Kim


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The Forever Tenant

11:55 AM, 24th February 2020
About 7 months ago

There are others on here that will be able to confirm for certain, but if you do not know their forwarding address or where they live now, you can serve notice to their last known address, which is likely to be your place they were just renting.

I think your bigger issue will be enforcing any judgement you receive, but at least the tenant will have a CCJ on record to hopefully prevent someone else suffering in the future.

terry sullivan

11:55 AM, 24th February 2020
About 7 months ago

enquiry agent?

Jan Martin

12:12 PM, 24th February 2020
About 7 months ago

Use a tracing agent .

John Mac

12:13 PM, 24th February 2020
About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by The Forever Tenant at 24/02/2020 - 11:55
As above use "last known address" or wait a few months then use Vilcol - very cheap tracing Co.

terry sullivan

15:07 PM, 24th February 2020
About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by The Forever Tenant at 24/02/2020 - 11:55
but only if you serve the judgment?

MartinO

8:43 AM, 25th February 2020
About 7 months ago

last know address is acceptable, or use a tracing agent, it's amazing how quick they are!

Chris @ Possession Friend

14:11 PM, 25th February 2020
About 7 months ago

Last known address is useless,
Use Vilcol

Jan Martin

14:25 PM, 26th February 2020
About 7 months ago

Using last known address is a waste of time for the court . if they dont live at the address then they wont receive paperwork you wont move forward like that with a claim .You need to look yourself if local or find a company that will find for you .

John Mac

14:29 PM, 26th February 2020
About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Jan Martin at 26/02/2020 - 14:25
NOT TRUE - I've used last known address lots of times, got the CCJ then set out to find debtors to enforce the Judgement through High Court Sheriff or AOE.

WP

14:51 PM, 26th February 2020
About 7 months ago

I'm in the same position...court sent me details to say the paperwork sent to errant tenant has been returned 'moved out' from her previous known address. We have a court date soon as she wont turn up so now what? She maybe on benefits now, is not on the electrol roll, and her driving licence had her mums address. If I use a tracing agency what can they tell me? Ideally I want to know her current address, or if she is working but how will they find that our themselves? If she privately rents how will anyone know? She probably hasn't registered with Council tax and gas and elec are on credit meters.... Dont want to spend more money finding out that a tracing agency turn up with nothing.

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