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    Have you successfully get the rent arrears back?

    I got a tenant who is receiving universal credit for housing elements and do not work, now 4months rent in arrears, I am taking him to court for possession. Is the court able to issue a possession order and a pay-rent order at the same claim if I were successful? What option do I have if he still don't pay, and don't pay ccj either? What about if he eventually moved out and won't tell me his new address? Is ccj able to get his new address from somewhere else? I am wondering if there is anyone here could share your experiences here on whether or not you get your rent arrears back? any tips?

    #2
    I have just evicted a tenant with 5 months rent arrears. You should get a money order as well as the possession order (i don't know how to apply for it as my solicitors handled all the details) I don't have experience on the debt recovery yet as i havn't gone that far yet. But with the money order i believe you can do sth about it.

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      #3
      For someone who doesn't work your chances of recover the money is pretty close to 0, even the court costs.

      You may get a token payment of £1 a week over many many years if you are lucky.

      I would just register a CCJ against the tenant and cut my losses.

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        #4
        Lakemk and spiritdreams, thanks very much for your reply, it's really helpful.
        It seems the benefit system in this country sucks, it just helps and encourages those lazy scumbags! It just so unfair for landlords.

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          #5
          Was said 'scumbag' working when hard done by landlord rented the property to them?
          "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

          What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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            #6
            If they are on benefits,no chance.Put ccj on them .Court will award £1 a week and it will cost you more to enforce.The law needs changing,just because they are on benefits should not mean debts written off.I have just evicted tenants with rent arrears,no doubt utility bill debts and they have walked straight into a council property.If a ccj had been put on them before the credit checks would not have come back clear.

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              #7
              Originally posted by spiritdreams View Post
              For someone who doesn't work your chances of recover the money is pretty close to 0, even the court costs.

              You may get a token payment of £1 a week over many many years if you are lucky.

              I would just register a CCJ against the tenant and cut my losses.
              Agree. I would just get the CCJ and leave it there.

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                #8
                A tenant I evicted four years ago owed me £2800 and I obtained CCJ against her, she detailed her income and outgoings to the Court, having lost her job and now living with her mother, her outgoings included cigarettes, mobile phone bills of £40 and rent to her mother! She claimed she could only afford to pay £5 per month, I sent my reply to the Court but it still agreed with her, amazingly she is still paying but I don't think I'll be alive by the time the debt is cleared.

                I obtained a CCJ on another tenant for £500 arrears knowing that she wouldn't pay but for the £30 fee I got the satisfaction of knowing she would have problems getting credit or another tenancy and if she ever came into money I could enforce it.

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                  #9
                  Thanks all, for your advice. I am awaiting for a possession order and money order, shall definitely get a CCJ after that.

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                    #10
                    Danneroo,

                    sorry do you mind explaining to me how I could obtain CCJ ? I have the money order in hand at the moment

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