Section 8 hearing adjourned due to hospitalisation?

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14:53 PM, 17th October 2019
About a month ago

Section 8 hearing adjourned due to hospitalisation?

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Section 8 hearing adjourned due to hospitalisation?

I have a tenant in arrears for more than 6 months and a court hearing was scheduled this Monday based on Section 8.

The tenant called the court the morning of the hearing to say he’s in hospital so the hearing was adjourned.

I’m wondering if anyone has had to deal with a similar issue and if this is one of the usual techniques tenants use to prolong their free stay.

I’d really appreciate if any experienced landlords or experts can give me some advice on how to handle this.

Many thanks

Cindy



Comments

Neil Patterson

14:56 PM, 17th October 2019
About a month ago

Hi Cindy,

Obviously this could be genuine, but if you think you are being given the 'run around' you need to get the professionals involved, because it will only get worse.

Please see >> https://www.property118.com/evicting-tenants/
Personalised Advice on Evicting Tenants

Anthony Endsor

11:14 AM, 18th October 2019
About a month ago

Yes I've had this on more than one occasion.
I never cease to be amazed at what a terrible effect rent arrears seems to have on a tenant's health. I had one tenant who was using this excuse on a monthly basis for about 4 years to delay paying rent, until finally she left when I ran out of patience.

Chris Daniel

1:00 AM, 19th October 2019
About a month ago

The court should be asking for a medical certificate, not just accepting some old trot.


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