Evicted tenant eager to pay arrears!

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    Evicted tenant eager to pay arrears!

    I suppose I am lucky but I have only recently had my first eviction. Anyway I use an agent and they sorted out all the paperwork, legal forms etc. This is in England and her tenancy started on 2014 and was rolling. The bailiffs turned up on the 23rd of July, the tenant handed over the keys and left. The locks were changed and the place is being decorated and re-marketed.

    The last rent we had was in December 2017 and nothing since, there was a deposit of £1400 (extra because she had pets and I am fine with pets). I am still trying to find out if we can keep the deposit (the house was furnished when she went in but is now minus 2 single beds, 4 pairs of curtains and the tracks they were on, a table and chairs, 2 armchairs, a fridge freezer and a washing machine). She has left a double bed and the sofa - I suspect they would not go in the back of an estate car but I don't know that as a fact.

    Anyway out of the blue she has contacted the agent and wants to pay off the rent arrears! Apparently her brother is willing to lend her the money. Any idea why this would be? Please tell me I don't have to have her back in there if I accept. This is all completely new to me and as I say I have never had anyone not pay the rent and have to take steps to evict them.

    Any help, advice or observations would be greatly appreciated.

    #2
    She would prefer no bad reference or CCJ both of which might scupper any new letting or, perhaps, she has realised it is best to comply with laws & contracts. Such a shame not all tenants, not landlords, nor agents, nor MPs do so...

    Grab the ££££ with both hands! I'd still give a honest complete reference & insturct agent to do so/refer any request to you.
    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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      #3
      I can only think it is because your tenant cannot find another place with the judgement in place. Was it section 8?

      However, I'll believe it when I see it.

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        #4
        Hello and thanks for your replies - yes it was a Section 8.

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          #5
          Also apparently she has applied to the Council for help but they have said "Eviction for rent arrears qualifies as intentionally homeless" I just had a call from the agent who has been contacted by the Council for information. She was getting Housing Benefit all along! I had no idea, nobody ever told me or the agent.

          When the bailiffs were here they told us that all the people want is the letter to say they they are coming and the Council have a duty to put them up. Perhaps they do but not if they have rent arrears. Does anybody know if that is true?

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            #6
            The tenancy has ended, so there's no danger of her having a right to come back.

            The council has an obligation to offer emergency housing to the homeless, unless they have deliberately made themselves homeless by not paying rent.
            How they were evicted shouldn't affect whether they are eligible for a council property though - it's the emergency help that's an issue.

            However, no landlord would rent to someone with a ccj relating to rent.
            When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
            Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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              #7
              Originally posted by blueash View Post
              Also apparently she has applied to the Council for help but they have said "Eviction for rent arrears qualifies as intentionally homeless" I just had a call from the agent who has been contacted by the Council for information. She was getting Housing Benefit all along! I had no idea, nobody ever told me or the agent.

              When the bailiffs were here they told us that all the people want is the letter to say they they are coming and the Council have a duty to put them up. Perhaps they do but not if they have rent arrears. Does anybody know if that is true?
              Yeah, AFAIK.

              In return for paying the arrears, is the woman expecting you to write a statement that there were none? It's a bit of a cheek for the woman to offer to pay her rent now, and expect the council to now house her, though, isn't it?

              Don't point that out to her though. It would be rather funny if she pays you, but still can't get housed.

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                #8
                Monday, contact council housing dept & inform them arrears, s8 & ask where you can email a copy of s8 & court PO.

                Rehousing and assistance from councils should go to those who need & deserve it. Sounds like she may not..
                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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                  #9
                  You dont have to have her back. Take the money first then reply to the council.

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                    #10
                    Thank you everyone.

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