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    FOI request to housing association

    My tenant (T) did a runner owing rent - bet that's never happened to anyone else!

    T got a property with a housing association (HA)

    I wrote to the tenant at the address requesting payment within 14 days (2 letters, different PO's with certs) and one letter was returned.

    I know T still lives at that address.

    Under (Freedom of information) FOI can I ask the HA to confirm that T still lives there?

    #2
    Originally posted by Berlingogirl View Post
    Under (Freedom of information) FOI can I ask the HA to confirm that T still lives there?
    No.

    Why not just assume that they do?
    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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      #3
      You can ASK pretty much anything of anyone/anything. I can ASK Johnson to go back where he came from (New York).


      So yes, you can ask, but they don't have to reply or even acknowledge your request. I understand Housing Assocs are not covered by FOI.

      I'd wait a few months then re-investigate with "social" -media etc etc etc... - or tracing agent. Got any other details e.g. emergency family contact or employer??

      MCoL with the address you have (property..), get judgement, then go looking...

      Good luck!
      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
        The HA will not disclose that information, only partner agencies (Police/Social services etc) can obtain that information, you could simply knock on a neighbours door and ask if Mr/Mrs So&So lives there, i do it all the time in my job, most people are happy to talk and you learn a great deal from them as well, or you could park close by and keep a ' look out ' at the address at some of the times people normally come and go.... or do as said above and simply assume they live there and they have decided to not answer you.

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          #5
          You could try using a tracing company (depending on how long it's been since the T ran away), I would then get a CCJ against them (it's unlikely they have any assets or are working, but at least you could enforce it in the future).

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            #6
            Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
            No.

            Why not just assume that they do?
            I know that they do live there but have returned my letter, well, one of the two letters I sent. They must have opened one letter, read it, then decided to return the other as 'not known at this address'.

            I wanted some official confirmation that T lives there.

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              #7
              Electoral register at the local library?
              Send them a cheque for £25?
              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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                #8
                Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
                Electoral register at the local library?
                Send them a cheque for £25?
                I checked the ER but they're not on it for that property. They could have, and probably have, opted out of the open register.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Berlingogirl View Post

                  I checked the ER but they're not on it for that property. They could have, and probably have, opted out of the open register.
                  I always link this to '' dodgy'' people, normal people would need to go onto the register.

                  How about having a bit of fun........ paying for a pizza to be delivered to the people you think they are, when they open the door and the delivery driver says their name...... they accept it automatically, just ask the delivery driver if they accepted it and what they looked like.

                  Personally i would just go and knock on the door, but that is me and i do a job where conflict comes as part of the T&C's.

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                    #10
                    What a brilliant idea!

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                      #11
                      Be sitting in a car opposite when the pizza is delivered?
                      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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                        #12
                        Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
                        Be sitting in a car opposite when the pizza is delivered?
                        I certainly will! IF T doesn't accept it I'll take it

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