Possession date – tenant still in – what next ?

by Readers Question

15:40 PM, 29th October 2014
About 5 years ago

Possession date – tenant still in – what next ?

Make Text Bigger
Possession date – tenant still in – what next ?

This is the first time I have formally evicted a tenant with the aid of a solicitor – He obtained an order for possession in 2 days time.

The tenant (LHA) will not communicate with me. I could phone her mother (guarantor) but she gets very abusive and I doubt she would want to answer any questions truthfully. I live 5 hours drive away and have been successfully self managing until this point. Neighbours tell me there are still lights on in the house from time to time – but the neighbours work and probably wont see a day-time moving out….

How am I to find out if she has actually moved – or should I just inform the solicitor to get the bailiffs in ?

This is also the first time I will have had to keep a deposit (registered with Mydeposits). Any advice as to how to do that ?

Thank you

All Bankers …..what next



Comments

Eviction Group

13:07 PM, 30th October 2014
About 5 years ago

Good news the CC Bailiff has a short waiting list, and well done you for getting this far by yourself.
I thought that "My Deposits" was an insurance based deposit scheme and do not actually hold the deposit. It seems as though you self manage rather than go through an agent, so not sure what you mean by keeping the deposit.?

Hazel Taylor

16:13 PM, 30th October 2014
About 5 years ago

We have only ever had to evict one tenant, did this correctly throught the court, and would recomend using a balif from the court list. They know they the system and how works.

All BankersAreBarstewards Smith

19:55 PM, 30th October 2014
About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Eviction Group" at "30/10/2014 - 13:07":

i do indeed self manage - I have the deposit funds in my bank account, and I will be keeping it all, because of rent arrears and I have no doubt the house will be in a mess after her departure also....

I have tried for five years to work with this family - their HB/LHA claim has been cancelled 10 times due to their refusal to supply the correct paperwork to the job centre ... and the council is now trying to claw back over £1500 from me for benefit paid to me last spring and autumn (again due to inadequate paperwork) - so the sooner she goes the sooner I can stop being clawed back from - the next landlord who takes her on will have the pleasure of this ongoing clawback. for the next 3 years..... HOW crazy is this ??? I have appealed to the council about clawback but have heard nothing. I sent it recorded so... lets see what happens.

Mark Alexander

20:04 PM, 30th October 2014
About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "All BankersAreBarstewards Smith" at "30/10/2014 - 19:55":

If you have no way of knowing that a tenants benefits were falsely claimed there is absolutely no way that they can claw the money back from you. For a change the law is on the landlords side in this instance.
.

Eviction Group

20:05 PM, 30th October 2014
About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "All BankersAreBarstewards Smith" at "30/10/2014 - 19:55":

I am sure there are more members than you might think have been or are in similar situations. Good luck in your endeavours.

All BankersAreBarstewards Smith

20:25 PM, 30th October 2014
About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "30/10/2014 - 20:04":

The council admit that I am not at fault, they have put all responsibility for the fraudulent claim on to her. They have seen me trying to support her to get paperwork organised all year. Their argument is that the only assets she has is "local housing allowance" and so they are deducting it at £10+ per week from my current rent.

"These funds are not 'your rent'" they say, "its the tenants money - so we can claw it back."

sighs......

This is why I decided to stop having benefit tenants - other than pensioners or middle aged long term disabled..... those that sign-on are way too difficult to manage - the amount of DWP sanctioning going on is truly wicked...

We would all feed our kids rather than pay the rent if we were on the breadline and had to make that choice.

Mark Alexander

20:45 PM, 30th October 2014
About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "All BankersAreBarstewards Smith" at "30/10/2014 - 20:25":

Or get a job!
.

All BankersAreBarstewards Smith

21:13 PM, 30th October 2014
About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Mark Alexander" at "30/10/2014 - 20:45":

Indeed ..... in some parts of the north there are such few job opportunities that even Lidl and Aldi are closing down.

There was a TV programme about Great Yarmouth a couple of weeks ago and a young very poorly educated lad walked 7 miles for a job interview even though he had never had one, he had had no interview skills help, he was shaking with fear - but he went anyway..... you have to admire that. Sadly he did not get the job as there were so many other hundreds of applicants.

Mark Alexander

21:28 PM, 30th October 2014
About 5 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "All BankersAreBarstewards Smith" at "30/10/2014 - 21:13":

There are plenty of jobs in Great Yarmouth, mostly taken by hard working Eastern Europeans who either can't claim benefits or refuse to live in poverty. Many have two jobs. Is anywhere in the UK and different?

PS Norwich is very close to Gt Yarmouth.
.

Allan Wadsworth

13:29 PM, 1st November 2014
About 5 years ago

Hi Just a thought but have you checked with Mydeposits to see if they will pay the deposit back to you if you evict and have outstanding bills and Court costs? - Maybe someone reading this can confirm its accepted that you can keep some of the deposit for the costs incurred? An eviction I did last year was problematic on getting the cost but I was not using Mydeposits. Allan

1 2 3 9

Leave Comments

Please Log-In OR Become a member to reply to comments or subscribe to new comment notifications.

Forgotten your password?

OR

BECOME A MEMBER

Fantastic yields for 2 bedroom houses in Leeds

The Landlords Union

Become a Member, it's FREE

Our mission is to facilitate the sharing of best practice amongst UK landlords, tenants and letting agents

Learn More