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    I made the fatal mistake if feeling sorry for new tenant who claimed her husband had left her. Now I can see it was quite obviously all planned and he came back but kept disappearing when at the times he requested me to collect the rent. This went on for about 10 days until the wife offered to leave (with her 3 kids) and surrendered her keys. She said she would phone when she could collect her stuff. Unfortunately my mobile was on the blink and she was unable to contact me until the following night. When I got her messages I tried phoning but it kept going to answer phone and they did not return my messages. The next day I had a phone call from a solicitor to say they were accusing me of wrongful eviction and he was raising a court injunction to have them readmitted, in which they were successful. They are also suing me for damages of between 5-15K. Despite never paying anything to be in the property. My solicitor has advised me to settle out of court - as he seems to think they will award in their favour - despite both their statements being false - it is just their word against mine. Should I have contested it - or was he right. I feel so stupid - but angry that feeling sorry for someone is costing me so much!

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    Mmmm.............the penalites for getting it wrong can be catastrophic. The fact they surrendered the keys might be in your favour but of course the law doesn't necessarily see it that way.

    You'll have to follow your solicitor's advice.
    The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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      #3
      Were they the original keys that were surrendered? I wonder if they have done this sort of thing before?
      I also post as Moderator2 when moderating

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        #4
        Originally posted by Fran View Post
        The next day I had a phone call from a solicitor to say they were accusing me of wrongful eviction and he was raising a court injunction to have them readmitted, in which they were successful. They are also suing me for damages of between 5-15K. Despite never paying anything to be in the property. My solicitor has advised me to settle out of court - as he seems to think they will award in their favour - despite both their statements being false - it is just their word against mine. Should I have contested it - or was he right. I feel so stupid - but angry that feeling sorry for someone is costing me so much!
        What a nightmare. I don't understand how they can make unsubstantiated claims like this and your solicitor says they may win the claim? Don't they have to provide evidence to support the claim that they were "evicted"? Are they claiming you or someone else physically dragged them out of the property? Were the locks changed and if not, how were they prevented from entering the property?

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