Landlords warned not to discriminate against benefits tenants8:58 AM, 14th July 2020
About 3 weeks ago 37
Further to an earlier post of mine (Click here: I know where the tenant has gone, can I use the info?) asking about tracking down tenants and followed by the disappointment that ‘winning’ brings. I am now trying to get the money that is owed.
Is it always the landlord who has to spend money to begin yet another fruitless initiative to try and get money that is owed?
When the tenant absconded at the beginning of 2018 they were in full time employment so I spent money and applied for an attachment of earnings.
The formal response was as late as it could possibly be (a tactic well practiced by this person). Suddenly, the ex-tenant is unemployed and has no money with debts everywhere, other attachments of earnings, rent arrears and no possessions. None of these financial woes appeared against the person’s name when I checked just after their departure.
The County Court Money Claims Centre [CCMCC] feedback tells me that there is no chance.
So I do a bit of digging. The ex-tenant is on LinkedIn; apparently employed. Facebook echoed this information.
Now I realise that profiles online may not be up to date, but I took screen shots and sent them to the CCMCC anyway and asked the questions:
My letter was followed by several cryptic one line letters from CCMCC suggesting an exchange between them and the court where the case was heard followed by silence. My questions unanswered.
Now, I know this person bounces between full time employment, self employment and contract. I have done that and so I completely understand. Let’s face it, as precarious as contracting and self-employment may seem, full time employment does not offer the stability it once did.
Subsequently, the Linkedin profile was blocked to me so presumably CCMC did write. Hey ho, a Google search brings up the front page in the results; besides which, organisations looking for candidates carry out ‘stealthy searches’ and cannot be blocked. I know that Linkedin is a key source of jobs for this person.
The ‘past employment’ part of the profile has been updated to include the employer at the time of departure and no current employer. Of course, if I am going to chase for money owed based on LinkedIn profile there is little incentive to update with the latest employment details, but I will keep checking.
Facebook has also been appropriately edited.
Getting anything done is glacial at best.
What did I get for my £110 to CCMCC?
Do I have to keep shelling out money and adding it to a bill that will never be paid?
How do I force this person to meet their responsibilities?
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