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    Claims on future benefits

    If i have a county court judgement against a tenant, can i make a claim on their future housing benefit or universal credit?
    I have a tenant who is in arrears - he says he has lined up new accommodation on housing benefit with a new landlord and he doesn't care about his arrears
    I'd like to be able to take action to stop this type of behaviour - let me know what you best advise
    Thank you

    #2
    Could you find out new landlord's details and 'tip him off' before tenant moves in? He might find the new accommodation is unavailable. However, of course this will then leave you with the problem tenant.

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      #3
      Only if you are the Council or a Housing Association.

      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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        #4
        if you tip of new landlord, where will they go? Sure they wont move out and have bigger arrears

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          #5
          You will not get a deduction from benefits as far as I know but this does not stop you continuing to attempt to get the money. If he gets a job = attachment of earnings. Could you send the case up to the high court as I did with a debtor with "no money". Amazing how the threat of losing his car and the baliffs turning up in his street turned from an offer of £5 a month to £100 a month which I have been getting for several years now!
          Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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            #6
            I find the "future benefits" quite amusing.

            Would you try to put a claim on "future insurance payout"?
            Or "future wages", "future inheritance", "might have a business at some time in the future".

            If someone has got/is currently getting something then you may have a slim chance.

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