Tom Crispin

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Friday 5th November 2021


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Tom Crispin

13:27 PM, 12th January 2022, About 4 months ago

My 2 hour walk cost me £194 when my tenant could not contact me?

Explain that they should have contacted you first, or at least waited 48 hours before spending your cash.

Say that on this occasion you will pay the bill as a goodwill measure.

At the first opportunity raise their rent by £25 per month or £25 per month above your planned rent rise, to cover the bill.... Read More

Tom Crispin

8:41 AM, 11th January 2022, About 5 months ago

Deposit recovery after vexatious bullying claim and no address?

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 11/01/2022 - 00:02
"If you are going to make a further money claim anyway, why not consider killing two birds with one stone by claiming the whole £1300 with a request for an order that the balance of the deposit be paid to you by the DPS?"

A good question, and one I had not considered until yesterday.

The £500 held by DPS is low lying fruit. The £5,000 CCJ makes up the bulk of the tree. The remaining £750-£800 will be the sweetest fruit at the top.

As I don't have my former tenant's address or employment details, there is a chance I will get either or both in the process of obtaining (or trying to obtain) a third party debt order. That would then give me a route to recovery of some or part of the remainder of the £5,000 and the £750-£800.

My next step is to put together the Third Party Debt order paperwork, and then WhatsApp my former tenant to check that this is the route he wants to follow. It may just be that he will release the money.

If I put together a combined claim (£1300 claim + £500 order) I think he is less likely to just give up his £500 as he has more to lose.... Read More

Tom Crispin

16:15 PM, 10th January 2022, About 5 months ago

Deposit recovery after vexatious bullying claim and no address?

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 10/01/2022 - 15:01
"Have you actually received the £765.75?"

Yes - it was paid into my bank on New Years' Eve.

My next step is to reclaim the £500. Then I will add up what is still owed and decide if I can make a second money claim for the £800 or so still owed and not already with a judgement.

My difficulty is that I think he's skint. But he has recently retrained as a fork lift truck driver, so that might not be the case now.

I'd be perfectly happy forgoing the remaining debt if I felt he was making some effort to repay the £5,000.... Read More

Tom Crispin

14:14 PM, 10th January 2022, About 5 months ago

Deposit recovery after vexatious bullying claim and no address?

Reply to the comment left by Seething Landlord at 10/01/2022 - 12:04
"Offering a cash inducement of £500 when you already had an unsatisfied judgement of £5000 against him seems slightly bizarre. I am confused about how the deposit held by the DPS reduced from £1250 to £500 - does this mean that they have paid you £750 previously? If so, on what basis?"

I just wanted him out of my flat as soon as possible with an incentive for him to leave my property in good order; thus the £500 cash incentive for him to go.

His deposit was £1265.75 (5 weeks of £1100 pm). He has agreed a partial repayment of £765.75.... Read More

Tom Crispin

10:59 AM, 10th January 2022, About 5 months ago

Deposit recovery after vexatious bullying claim and no address?

Thank you - this is all really great advice.

The 3rd part debt order looks the way to go, and I will start the process tomorrow.

Just a little history.

This guy moved from Glasgow to London in November 2020 to set up a new branch of his business. The business failed possibly due to the pandemic, and he stopped paying rent. He informed me at the earliest opportunity, and I offered him a debt free way out plus £500 cash if he left my flat by the end of June 2021 and at the same time issued a Section 21 notice (back in April this required 6 months' notice). He stayed.

I then got a £5,000 CCJ soon after his arrears reached £5,000.

With the £5,000 order and deposit more or less covering debts to the end of his tenancy, I again offered £500 cash if he left at the end of his tenancy.

He stayed.

Within 7 days I lodged the possession order papers with the court.

He left voluntarily just over 17 days after the end of his tenancy - just as well as the Court decided the possession order required a hearing with date set for 7 February 2022.

He is staying with a friend, so difficult to trace his address. He blames me for tricking him into leaving before a possession order, which is how he is justifying his claim of £500 of his deposit to be returned.

I am certainly willing to forgo a considerable chunk of his debt to me for a simple resolution and to draw a line under this episode. But I am also willing to put up quite long lasting and determined battle to get what is owed if he resists compromise.

We have all suffered to a greater or lessor extent throughout this pandemic. While there were four of us living in a three bed house, he was a single man in a two bed flat. To counter our loss or rental income our two boys (6 & 7) moved into the same bedroom and we took a lodger into our spare room. My tenant could have done the same with his spare room and paid me a partial rent throughout. He didn't.... Read More