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My tenant has left with huge rent arrears, what can i do?

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Becky asked 4 months ago

My tenant has left with huge rent arrears, what can i do?

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Desperate LL answered 4 months ago

You are not alone, seems there is not a lot to be done if you go by the rules: my own tenant fell into arrears last October and has not paid a penny, nor agreed a payment plan despite working during the lockdown ( lorry driver). He has refused to claim Universal Credit or was ineligible when intially lost work on zero contract hours. Section 8 process was begun Dec and eventually a warrant for possession granted by the court and passed to the bailiff in early March with a 6 wk pipeline….since when all evictions were suspended. I\’m dreading the eviction suspensions being extended….seems there is a blanket rather than looks Ng at those that were already waiting and had nothing to do with Covid19….I relied on the income to pay my disabled husband\’s sheltered accommodation, I can\’t get a state pension yet as the age has been put back ….I\’m a WASPI woman, and the tenant is ignoring all communications. The house he is in was initially our home, since then my main source of income. Not all Landlords are BTL and desperately needed this income to survive. Not entitled to SEISS under the Give Covid19 scheme as HMRC regard a private Landlord as an investor and not a business….to top it all, I am informed the tenant has inseminated his wife and no doubt they will eventually appeal the eviction, as the council won\’t re-house them.as they have not made any effort to make a payment to me…….at least you have your property back……Have looked into being able to trace the person when eventually they leave but it is all very costly to try to get an earnings order, especially when the nature of the employment is transient…oh, and this wouldn\’t be the first time they have done this, as I subsequently found out.

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