Rent repayment order VS Rent Arrears?Make Text Bigger
I rented my 2-bed property to a company as a corporate let from June 2018 for 18 months fixed with permitted occupier stated as ‘ a client of the tenant or their immediate family’ with a max limit of 5 persons which continued as a periodic tenancy.
The property was vacated in September 2020 after not receiving rent for 2 months. I have requested from the company money outstanding +/-£2.5K as a result of rent arrears, missing items, damaged items, dirty property and removal of tenant belongings.
The Company (director of the company is also the guarantor) refusing to pay as he has no funds and is now counter threatening me with a rent repayment order (RRO)as the property is in an additional licensing scheme which started in April 2019.
The company converted my lounge/dining room into a 3rd bedroom. The local council is not involved although they have issued a written warning that the property has been noted as having multiple tenants.
I would like to know the legal merits of the company’s claim as he says he wants to settle but on his terms. The amount I’m asking for is the rent arrears and make right the damages, but he is disputing the outstanding amount. I am unsure if his claim is justifiable, or he is trying to scare me as I have advised the company, I would go down the small claims court route.
Please could you advise if he did go down RRO when does the possible repayment 12 months start i.e. from the time he makes an application or since April 2019 as well as time limits for him to make an application for RRO?
Please could you advise on my best possible options as well as the company’s legal position?
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