It’s always me me me!

by Readers Question

10:41 AM, 25th February 2019
About 2 years ago

It’s always me me me!

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It’s always me me me!

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:

  • Do you simply take their word for it?
  • What checks do you actually do to confirm what you aren’t being sold a pup?

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.

  • So how do I know that the ex-tenant isn’t earning as a contractor or self-employment?
  • Do I have to spend more to find out the latest circumstances only to find they conveniently change?
  • Is the ex-tenant compelled in any way shape or form to keep me or CCMCC updated?

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?

Yours frustratedly

Hamish



Comments

Darlington Landlord

17:54 PM, 25th February 2019
About 2 years ago

Anyone else having the problem that they click on latest comment and end up at a previous page? I've had this in a lot but not all articles in the last week or so and have no idea why - This Article I got to the latest comment!

Ian Cognito

18:20 PM, 25th February 2019
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Darlington Landlord at 25/02/2019 - 17:54
Yup.

Neil Patterson

18:45 PM, 25th February 2019
About 2 years ago

Hi everyone,
Very sorry there was a wordpress update that has knocked out the system taking you directly to the comment. Our IT are working on a fix but unfortunately it is taking some development time and should be up and running soon.

roly

11:19 AM, 28th February 2019
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Robert Mellors at 25/02/2019 - 13:42
Hi Robert,
I too have wasted much time and money chasing defaulting tenants. I too have a not-for-profit CIC for housing homeless and vulnerable single adults. Please drop me a text on 07836 293493 or rolandcaine@gmail.com and I'll call for your debt chaser's contacts

Robert Mellors

11:31 AM, 28th February 2019
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by roly at 28/02/2019 - 11:19
I have emailed you Roly.

michaelwgroves

10:57 AM, 2nd March 2019
About 2 years ago

How do you PM, I can't see an option anywhere?

Robert Mellors

14:41 PM, 2nd March 2019
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by michaelwgroves at 02/03/2019 - 10:57
I don't think there is a direct message option, which is why I said that I could be found through Facebook or Linked In. I don't mind putting my email on here, but am wary about doing so in case it is against the forum rules. If P118 don't mind me including it, it is robert.mellors@hotmail.co.uk , if not allowed then just edit it out.

Anne Noon

15:51 PM, 2nd March 2019
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Robert Mellors at 25/02/2019 - 12:56
I have many unsatisfied ccj's and all my efforts to reclaim the 60000 owing have proved futile. I would like to message you for the details of your debt collection company- how can I do this please?

Robert Mellors

15:59 PM, 2nd March 2019
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Anne Noon at 02/03/2019 - 15:51
Facebook, Linked In, or just email me (see post above).

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