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Yes. We did have a meeting with the Local Benefits Housing Solutions office who accepted the situation and assured us that the tenant would be rehoused by the final date. There are various problems relating to this lady: The most difficult one is believing what she says as she seamlessly changes her story in response to even the most basic question.
She made various promises to the Housing Officer with regard to rent payment, but failed to honour the promises, yet told the officer that she had actually paid.
There is also a case of Domestic Violence where her partner has come under a restriction order.
We are split between the fact that she owes so much money and that she has lied consistently, and the knowledge that we can be certain of getting all future rent without risk. We shall probably have to balance the pros and cons at some point.
My main concern relates to the absence of a current Tenancy Agreement and what action, if any, we need to take.
I completed the on-line Court application for possession.
The Court hearing date is set for 5th March. That's another 2 months in addition to the 2 months non payment of rent period before issuing the Section LT20B giving 2 months notice. 6 months total and then how long will it take following the hearing to get actual possession?
Is this right?
Thank you again Thomas. This tenant plays the harassment card in any attempt for discussion. She is receiving advice and support from the local authority (claims domestic violence) and they are telling her to sit tight until she finds alternative housing that she likes. Unfortunately, our property is of very high standard and she has no incentive to agree to any alternative.
Benefit office are now paying future rent direct to us, but at a lower amount than the agreed rent. In the meantime she is still in occupancy and my concern is that Tenancy Agreement has lapsed. Does she retain any rights, or are we at risk from absence of a current document.
There is absolutely no possibility of our recovering either the outstanding rent or the accumulating shortfall in current rent from her..
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