Serial benefits cheat – can I get my money back?Make Text Bigger
I am one of the many non resident BTL landlords in the UK who had an unknown tenant placed in my property by Oliver-Knights with a fraudulent 3 year lease in 2014. See Paul Shamplina’s article Oliver Knights shuts shop leaving landlords and tenants in despair
I was forced to honour this contract with all the attendant problems of a non-paying tenant who has systematically trashed my unit. I am presently involved in an eviction action against the tenant who stopped paying rent on receipt of a Section 21 notice in August 2017 and is now almost 6 months in arrears.
A subsequent Section 8 was ignored and I am thus pursuing an eviction order via the courts. Fortunately, the agent I have appointed to assist in this eviction, informs me that she is the same tenant he evicted from the unit next door to mine prior to her illegal uptake of possession of my property.
She has a litany of outstanding debts and judgements against her which obviously aids my case. He also informs me that she is a benefits recipient who receives inter alia; unemployed single parent and housing benefits (which she has never disclosed to me) and is a serial “professional” tenant with a repetitive history of taking advantage of the data protection and indulgent tenant laws in the UK.
My question to the forum is: am I able to approach the DWS and report this tenant and request that the outstanding rental (over GBP12 000 at present) – which she has obviously received payment for but retained – be credited to me. She also lives with a long term partner who is the father of her 5 year old child.
I would like to add that I have uploaded her details to Landlord Referencing but I am the only landlord to have done so.
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