FOI request to housing association

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    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).

    Comment


      #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...

      Comment


        #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.

        Comment


          #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).

          Comment


            #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.

            Comment


              #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).

              Comment


                #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.

                Comment


                  #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.

                  Comment


                    #10
                    What a brilliant idea!

                    Comment


                      #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).

                      Comment


                        #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

                        Comment

                        Latest Activity

                        Collapse

                        • Reply to Asking tenants in your rental property to receive your personal mail?
                          by DoricPixie
                          I do but as I don’t own a car in the UK the only thing the DVLA has ever posted to me was my driving licence when I renewed it last year. I then had the virtual post box physically post the licence to me parents’ house so I could collect it when I was back for Christmas.

                          This perhaps...
                          08-08-2022, 23:23 PM
                        • Asking tenants in your rental property to receive your personal mail?
                          by Trooper149
                          Hey guys

                          Small one here in case anyone has had experience with this. About to purchase a place and want it to serve a few roles:
                          -obviously rent out the rooms to generate some cash
                          -serve as my personal address for bank, hmrc, dvla, etc.

                          In practice I would not...
                          07-08-2022, 14:51 PM
                        • Reply to Can I serve Section 21 Notice?
                          by DoricPixie
                          The Nearly Legal flow chart also covers EPC and How to Rent Guide as well as everything else to ensure the Section 21 notice is valid.

                          https://nearlylegal.co.uk/section-21-flowchart/...
                          08-08-2022, 23:19 PM
                        • Can I serve Section 21 Notice?
                          by Rubz2009
                          Hi was hoping for some advise.
                          I have tentants in my property on a AST agreement which started in 2013 and has been rolling to date. Tenants are behind on their rent by a couple of months (during covid times which they believe they still do not need to pay) and also always late on monthly payments...
                          08-08-2022, 18:49 PM
                        • Reply to Can I serve Section 21 Notice?
                          by Rubz2009
                          Thanks ash72, that gives some reassurance and understood that I would need to get possession from court for tenants to actually leave (if they don't willingly). I have 2 more final questions if you or anyone can kindly advise on.

                          1. The tenant's do not and have not understood the difference...
                          08-08-2022, 23:01 PM
                        • Dps deposit
                          by Jm1972
                          Hi All,

                          i would be grateful if I could get some help please.

                          I got an estate agents to find me a tenant and do all the paperwork and get proof of service for everything, tenant moved in and paid deposit just over a week ago.

                          The estate agents took the deposit from...
                          08-08-2022, 22:40 PM
                        • Reply to S8 Court Hearing
                          by ash72
                          On what grounds is the possession based on? If it is rent arrears you will need to have your bank statements to show If asked that the money hasn't come into your account, as well as the statements send of the arrears (ideally on a periodic basis). You should also ensure you have enough copies of any...
                          08-08-2022, 21:59 PM
                        • S8 Court Hearing
                          by Steampigs
                          Hi All

                          I have a hearing scheduled to evict my tenant using a Section 8 notice.

                          I have lodged my claim online (PCOL), but what other documents will I require?
                          I assume:-
                          Tenancy Agreement
                          S8 and Certificate of Service
                          Updated amount of arrears
                          Details...
                          08-08-2022, 21:27 PM
                        • Reply to Can I serve Section 21 Notice?
                          by ash72
                          Serving a notice (S21 or S8) does not mean the T's will leave when the date on the notice expires, only the courts can do this. The only advantage is the notice is shorter with a S8 then a S21, but a S21 if it is valid, the courts would have to grant possession, while a S8 they do not have to.
                          ...
                          08-08-2022, 21:51 PM
                        • Reply to Can I serve Section 21 Notice?
                          by Rubz2009
                          Thanks that was helpful and answers my question about the deposit but no info on whether i should have provided EPC and how to rent guide (both which i did not). But let's say i should have and didn't, surely that doesn't mean the tenants can live in my house forever right? If i can't serve a section...
                          08-08-2022, 21:20 PM
                        Working...
                        X