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    #16
    Hi Scooby
    The chances of HB paying those arrears is pretty slim to say the least, I would be looking at damage limitation and fast, personally i have a many systems in place to deal with jokers like this, but these are set up at the beginning not the "end", so will be of little use to you right now. I would suggest that hb wil take 3-4 weeks to come thru, at best, and then without the the outstanding sums, Is the guy prepared to move quickly or even at all ?

    If he is then go back to the freindship and use this to try and rescue the situation and appeal to his better nature, court could/will take several months to get him out and will completely destroy lines of comm and any shred of the "friendship".

    I would even offer to help him financially to move "immediately" on the understanding that debt will be repaid on mutually agreed terms, also that the failure to adhere to these WRITTEN AND SIGNED TERMS will result inthe instruction of professional Debt collector and all DC fees will be payable by him.

    That gets him out and debt under some kind of control...


    The Rodent
    A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
    W.Churchill

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      #17
      JTA questioned whether the "friend" is a tenant or a lodger. Scooby seems to have accepted that the friend is a tenant but hasn't described the living arrangements in any detail.
      It may be worth looking more closely into whether the friend is in fact only a lodger.
      I'm not sure about the exact conditions which define someone as a lodger but I'd think that things like - does the friend have self-contained accommodation within the house or does he/she share facilities such as kitchen, bathroom, entry-door etc.? - would be relevant.
      The problem is clearly much reduced if the friend can be considered to be a lodger

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        #18
        Originally posted by johnjw View Post
        JTA questioned whether the "friend" is a tenant or a lodger. Scooby seems to have accepted that the friend is a tenant but hasn't described the living arrangements in any detail.
        It may be worth looking more closely into whether the friend is in fact only a lodger.
        I'm not sure about the exact conditions which define someone as a lodger but I'd think that things like - does the friend have self-contained accommodation within the house or does he/she share facilities such as kitchen, bathroom, entry-door etc.? - would be relevant.
        The problem is clearly much reduced if the friend can be considered to be a lodger

        Earlier in the thread, scooby said that the friend was the only tenant and mentioned 'sole ownership' by which I think he means 'sole occupancy', in a house owned by scooby's wife. My interpretation is that scooby and his wife live elsewhere and that this guy (the friend/tenant) is not therefore their lodger, but their tenant on a verbally granted AST which has become periodic by default?

        I think scooby is going to have to clarify this before we can be any more use to him!
        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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          #19
          Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
          Earlier in the thread, scooby said that the friend was the only tenant and mentioned 'sole ownership' by which I think he means 'sole occupancy', in a house owned by scooby's wife. My interpretation is that scooby and his wife live elsewhere and that this guy (the friend/tenant) is not therefore their lodger, but their tenant on a verbally granted AST which has become periodic by default?

          I think scooby is going to have to clarify this before we can be any more use to him!
          Thanks guys for persisting here. The person is the sole user in the house, has access to all facilities like it was their own, we live elsewhere. Was to help them out, say for 6 months but its gone on longer. I was looking over NI law's a bit and I think the person is there under license. We're facing financial problems of ourselves and might have to sell it (or at least get someone in that wants to pay rent and do it properly) and I would like to stay within the law.

          -S

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            #20
            Hi

            As I think you have probably discovered the Housing Act 1988 (and much of the other relevant legislation) doesn't apply to Northern Ireland, so unfortunately I won't be able to comment further and please disregard my earlier advice.

            Good luck, I hope you find the advice you need.

            Preston

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