Shelter’s Income and expenditure figures highlighted13:57 PM, 4th February 2019
About 3 weeks ago 35
I’m in the middle of evicting a tenant for rent arrears. Section 8 Notice was now served and expired with no action from the tenant.
I’ve initiated the next step and have informed my solicitors well in advance that I was out of the country for two weeks and wouldn’t be able to attend court during certain dates. I self-manage so an agent attending isn’t an option. Despite this, I received an email confirmation of a court date that is during this time.
I immediately contacted the solicitor who informed me that they had:
1) no way of excluding certain dates when requesting a hearing,
2) little or no power to amend a date and
3) they cannot guarantee that the court will permit a new hearing date at all.
Is this correct??
I am the one requesting a court hearing and paying the court fees. I’m a bit bemused by the solicitor feedback. I’m already more than £4k out of pocket to date from the rent arrears and it seems preposterous that my only choice seems to be to cancel our family holiday which was booked months ago and incur several thousand pounds more in lost expenses on top of the financial burden the tenant is causing us already.
Last I heard from the solicitor is that they emailed the court and would let me know the response.
Does anyone have any experience or advice on this please?
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