Tenant behind on rent, universal credit, struggling to get in touch

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    #31
    Would you believe it.

    Just had a call from the tenants case worker. He broke his leg and has been staying with a relative. They've applied for his rent to be back dated. I've explained that I understand he may have broken his leg, but that doesn't stop him picking up the phone and letting us know, and that if he had done we would have likely helped out.

    I guess we see where this leads us, but if he stays in the property we need to have a word with him about his communication skills.

    I completed the online form to start court proceedings last night, thankfully though I didn't pay the fee as I was going to wait until Monday to give him a few more days to get in touch. I'm thankful I did.

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      #32
      Did you not get a guarantor

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        #33
        Originally posted by bertha View Post
        It was my understanding anyone on benefits cannot be made to pay eviction and rent arrears on a ccj by a judge.Or am I wrong.
        Well, MOST adults in UK are one one benefit or another (CB, Pension, CTC, WTC, etc etc etc..), not so!: But there are ways of people applying for not paying court fees through court service if no savings, low income or certain benefits.
        https://www.gov.uk/get-help-with-court-fees

        Getting an arrears debt out of someone with no (apparent...) work/private-pension income or assets is a toughie..
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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          #34
          "MOST" no wonder I struggle at times, to get tenants that aren't on benefits

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            #35
            Who cares if tenant is on benefits? I'm more interested in ----
            - do they have a PAYE job/pension(s) or if self-employed last 3 years tax-returns...
            - lots of lovely photo-ID & payslips...
            - guarantor or assets...
            - track record of paying in-full & on-time, good references

            ... that they happen to be in receipt of child benefit or working tax credit or state pension really doesn't come into it (other than their bank statement confirming it, hopefully also with their NI number in the reference from those nice people at DWP

            Artful: In receipt of 6 benefits (I'm old..) - State Pension, winter fuel allowance, £10 Xmas bonus, free eye tests, 'bus pass(es...), free prescription: The last two are usually worth more in £££ than the 2nd & 3rd combined...
            I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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