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neveradullmoment
15-03-2010, 14:11 PM
I'm aware that it is a statutory offence if a tenant fails to pay rent. But if that tenant absconds without paying, is that offence then criminal?

islandgirl
15-03-2010, 14:34 PM
Try getting the Police interested even if it is! (which I do not believe it is anyway)

davidjohnbutton
15-03-2010, 15:20 PM
It is a civil matter Sir.

No CRIMINAL offence is committed by not paying your bills, unless its council tax or income tax or TV or Road Tax where non payment is a specific offence.

Snorkerz
15-03-2010, 15:34 PM
Civil.

It is difficult to summarise the difference - but in over-simplified terms, a criminal offence is an offence against society, where the crown or state will be involved, a civil offence is against an individual, where the individual has to take the actions.

westminster
15-03-2010, 15:46 PM
I'm aware that it is a statutory offence if a tenant fails to pay rent.
No, it's a breach of contract.

jeffrey
15-03-2010, 16:46 PM
I'm aware that it is a statutory offence if a tenant fails to pay rent.
No, it's not. As others have posted, it's a breach of contract.

But if that tenant absconds without paying, is that offence then criminal?
No, again. Other than the existence of unpaid rent, what made you ask? Are you L or T?

bullybantam
15-03-2010, 17:59 PM
AFAIK if someone intends not to pay for rent beforehand, that would constitute obtaining goods or services by deception. Proving that would of course be tricky