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I have a property (on a buy-to-let mortgage) which has been let to a couple for the last six years. Both names appear on the tenancy agreement.
Over the years there have been a couple of instances of minor arrears however during the last two years these arrears have increased and despite several agreements, payment plans and promises the arrears reached the unacceptable high of nearly £6,000!
I was about to issue eviction notice when last August the couple split up and the male partner vacated the property leaving the young woman with two young children still resident in the house. Since the male partner left the now single mother has managed to continue to pay the agreed rent on time with no further arrears occurring.
Just before the guy left he inherited £120,000 which he is apparently now living off as he does not seem to be working. He is renting a local flat and has not invested in a house or anything apart from buying a new car and seemingly “living the life” and enjoying himself.
I understand that he is not currently giving his ex-partner any money towards the rent or to help support his two children.
I have asked him if he will pay the arrears and so far he has refused, it is pointless to pursue the other remaining tenant as she is struggling financially and I am very reluctant at this stage to issue eviction notice especially as she is making regular payments as agreed.
My question is this, as he is now sitting on quite a lot of money, can I now legally pursue this guy for the £6,000 arrears which accrued up until the time he vacated the property?
If so what is my best course of action?
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