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Molly
15-03-2007, 10:14 AM
Our first experience of renting a house has turned into a nightmare! We have just lodged a Claim form to gain possession of our house following a Section 21 notice against tennants who haven't paid rent since November. We also pursued through small claims court the rent arrears (so far) and have been awarded a suspended ATE order for £50 per month! This will take 6 -7 years to pay the debt and we still need to put another claim in for the rent they will owe when they finally go (rent was £900 pm). Has any one had this kind of experience and is it worth carrying on pursuing?

Poppy35
15-03-2007, 10:29 AM
Our first experience of renting a house has turned into a nightmare! We have just lodged a Claim form to gain possession of our house following a Section 21 notice against tennants who haven't paid rent since November. We also pursued through small claims court the rent arrears (so far) and have been awarded a suspended ATE order for £50 per month! This will take 6 -7 years to pay the debt and we still need to put another claim in for the rent they will owe when they finally go (rent was £900 pm). Has any one had this kind of experience and is it worth carrying on pursuing?

have you been provided with a copy of the tenants information they have submitted to the court which lists their income and outgoings? I know from experience a tenant offered to make payments of £50 per month yet her disposable income was £850 per month so the judge made her pay £250 and the debt was paid off in a little over one year. So yes its worth persuing but at the end of the day if thats all they can afford on paper then you may not have much more luck getting any more. We have a chap at the moment paying us £50 per month to clear a debt of £1500.00, his parents are paying it yet he's working full time and earningn 20k plus but the owner did not want to go down the court route so this is an agreement we have come to direct with him.

good luck.

Molly
15-03-2007, 10:43 AM
Thanks for the reply. Yes we did get a copy of her earnings and our solicitor challenged the fact that she put our rent as outgoings! She also offered a voluntary payment of £20 per month, so I suppose the court deciding on £50 was a bonus.
Do you have any idea on realistically how much longer we are going to have them in our house, assuming they play on their rights to the bitter end?

Joannepowell
15-03-2007, 13:14 PM
Thanks for the reply. Yes we did get a copy of her earnings and our solicitor challenged the fact that she put our rent as outgoings! She also offered a voluntary payment of £20 per month, so I suppose the court deciding on £50 was a bonus.
Do you have any idea on realistically how much longer we are going to have them in our house, assuming they play on their rights to the bitter end?


Read this thread:

http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=5482

Kind Regards

J