Right to see payslips if tenant in arrears?

Right to see payslips if tenant in arrears?

11:26 AM, 25th May 2021, About 3 years ago 3

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An elderly family member has rented a property to a council tenant for 20 years plus. My relative hasn’t managed it well and is owed £8,000 in missed rent payments. As my relative is ‘slightly’ at fault (in my view), I agreed to let the tenant repay monthly, without interest.

My question is that I think the tenant can repay more than she says she can.

As this is a private rental (not through an agency), am I entitled and allowed to ask for the last 6 months payslips?

Many thanks


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Neil Patterson

11:31 AM, 25th May 2021, About 3 years ago

Hi Claudine,
You have no right to invoke to view the tenant's payslips if they do not wish you to see them. Unless you were to go to court and apply for a CCJ.
The best course of action would be to start with a friendly conversation to see if there is any wiggle room in the budget and work from there.


18:39 PM, 25th May 2021, About 3 years ago

What do you mean by a council tenant? Is the Council really the tenant and they sublet to the occupant or did they just refer the tenant?


18:18 PM, 26th May 2021, About 3 years ago

You can ask, but the tenant is not obliged to produce them.

You could say that you are considering court action to enforce repayment of the £8000 debt unless the tenant produces evidence to show why they cannot clear the debt, such as showing bank statements and showing pay slips. They can always say no and you can then enforce the debt repayment by taking them to court.

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