You have to protect their belongings.
A claim on DPS for rent is straight forward enough, there is no defence the tenant can viably make. Small claims limit goes up to £10k in April.
If you do decide to go down the court route, as Interlaken says, you need to specifically request the judge to include in his judgement, an order that the DPS release the tenants funds to you.
OOI, you can also submit a 'third party debt order' against DPS to enforce the court order. The £100 fee will be added to whatever the tenant owes.
The advice I give on this forum is for general information only. I can provide specialist advice on many tenancy matters including eviction,
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