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    Doorstep visit for previous tenant

    Hi All,

    I recently received a note through the door from xxxxxxx (who on further research seem to be a semi-disreputable collections agent). The notice was addressed to the previous tenants of the flat I currently let and was headed "Removal Notice". From what I have read so far about this kind of thing, the usual advice is to inform them of the change of tenant (with some proof).

    Usually the notices they deliver (again, based on online research) contain threats to go to court, however, this one states "Magistrates liability order dated xxx", which implies that they already have a judgment that they are attempting to enforce.

    If this is the case, will informing them of the new tenant be enough, or do I need to take any further steps to safeguard my property? The letter was (unsurprisingly) quite threatening in tone and I am a little worried by it.

    Thanks for any responses.
    Last edited by Editor; 05-08-2011, 14:12 PM.

    #2
    I would, as you say, forward proof by way of old tenancy agreement
    ( page showing start and leave date - or whatever you have ) and
    new tenants agrement page start date.

    Forwarding address of old tenant should be given. ( You have that of course
    - don't you ?)

    I would tell the tenant also, as you don't want the courts to issue anything that
    will see your existing tenant being confronted with bailifs with a court order to
    enter the property, so tell him / her what has happened, and to have their
    AST to hand, and other I.D. just in case, to prove they are not the previous
    tenants.

    R.a.M.

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      #3
      Whilst agreeing with RaM, I would add that Magistrates deal with crimial matters, and most debts are civil matters. I would therefore have serious doubts over the validity of this document. I presume there is no detail of the Magistrates court in question, or a claim/case number so that you could verify it's validity?

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        #4
        I have had these for previous tenants when I have rented for
        myself, and I reply saying. ( because they have included no proof )

        You do not include any unpaid copy invoices, nor the name and address
        / account number of the firms the debt is owed to.
        Therefore, without this confirmation that the said person owes what
        you state, I can only conclude you are one of those illegal firms
        that send out notices, that are untrue, and unless I receive the
        Name / address / copy unpaid invoice in7 days, or a retraction
        of your dubious letter, I will forward this information to the
        authorities that investigate dubious firms / practices.

        Yours faith fully -- etc.

        R.a.M.

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          #5
          From what the OP posted,sounds like it could be for Non payment of council tax ? for previous tenant.
          Fed up with nitpickers and rivet counters...

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            #6
            Originally posted by 45002 View Post
            From what the OP posted,sounds like it could be for Non payment of council tax ? for previous tenant.
            Agreed - that would be a Magistrates one.

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              #7
              Originally posted by 45002 View Post
              From what the OP posted,sounds like it could be for Non payment of council tax ? for previous tenant.
              Or a parking fine?

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