Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
About 2 weeks ago 35
She signed the Deed of Surrender at 8.30pm last night after demanding that I be there at 4pm yesterday having given me 4 days notice of vacating. Put out the flags.
Some of you may remember that my tenant owes £4k+ in arrears (housing benefit shortfall and a 6 month HB over-payment). She signed the checkout inventory but says its not all her responsibility. Thankfully all her furniture is out; rips and burns in carpets in every room; cracked double glazed window and handle broken off; felt pen drawings on walls and carpet and the filth!
And oh was she not happy that a CCJ judgment for £3,444 has been handed down. And she admitted to being a liar. Going traveling? No. Going to the USA to do a degree in mental health nursing? No. Putting her possessions into store? No. She’s somehow moved to another property in the area. Would love to know where to let the landlord know what she’s like.
I’ve also found her guarantor. The High Sheriffs Office were unable to trace him but Nationwide Tracing Services has.
Slight downer that I paid the S8 court fee day before she emailed me notice but a small thing.
Thank you all for your advice and support during this nightmare
Having served s21 1(b) and 21 4(a) on 8th April with an expiry for the 17th June, after seeking advice in March, I’ve started to complete the court possession form. Had been advised at the time of service not to do the s8 at the same time as not 2 months in arrears.
The Letting Agent who I instructed to find a tenant; do the references; carry out the check-in and inventory and put the deposit on protection did not put the deposit on protection within the 30 days. Therefore I find that the s21’s may be invalid.
Actually not until I queried in November 2010 (having chased them for the inventory which I also found out was not carried out on the check-in day 17.6.2010) did I find this out having spoken to them in July chasing for all the paperwork and they’re being instructed to use their DPS scheme.
The deposit was eventually put on protection by them on 7.2.2011.
The tenant refused to sign any new tenancies after 16.6.2012 though did condescend to sign a 6 month AST on 17.6.2014. Again she refused to sign any further tenancies from 16.12.2014.
I re-gave the Prescribed Information on that date and also asked the Letting Agent whether I had to re-deposit the deposit in their DPS protection scheme. They said no as it was on deposit in their Custodial DPS scheme.
All other documents are bang up to date.
The tenant is now 3 months 17 days (will be 4 months 17 days on 17th June) in arrears so I can serve a s8? I may be able to get a friend to serve the s8 over the weekend as I cannot get to Croydon until 25th June.
Where do I stand re the deposit on protection? It has been on protection since 7.2.2011 so in a scheme since the last AST was signed.The Agent has confirmed it is still in their scheme but now trading under a new company name. DPS cert does not show any Agency name on the document.
I am seriously worried and somewhat scared. I do not have a big portfolio, just 3, which gave me enough income to support my daughter and myself after my divorce.
I have also put in a moneyclaim on-line for the rent owed up to 25th May which I can seek judgment on after the 17th.
Should I seek a judgment next week as have had no response (as yet) or will that effect the s8 notice.
Sorry this is a bit long winded but need advice from those that have been in this dire situation.
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