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  • Buy-to-Let

    CCJ without address

    Hi,

    I need to start a CCJ against a previous tenant but he has not given me a new address. Is there any way to proceed without this or should I just use the address he rented previously?

    All comments gratefully accepted!

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    You could use a people find service, plenty online. They work well.

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    Hi Jack

    You need the current address so you can issue the CCJ.

    We can help locate former tenants and have helped landlords do this.

    Happy to chat this through if we can help.

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    Think it through first - does he have any known assets - no point taking man of straw to court. Do you know where he works?

    If it's a while since he left may be found via 192.COM - pay for credits if there is a listing minus address - also check Facebook

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    I would ask the lawyers if you can serve by phone / by facebook / by other means. This could save matters. There is the concept of serving at the last known address, even if this is your own address, it may work. Just ideas... Ask a lawyer.

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    You need a current address, simple as that. The previous one (your property) is no use. This before the question of any assets that the man may have. Unless the debt is thousands then I wouldn't waste my time.

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    That said - if address ca be found and prosecution successful there is possibility of attachment of earnings to repay debt over a period of time.

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    As a Locksmith ( now retired ) and a Landlord, if someone owed me money but was reluctant to pay I always took them to court.

    One lady who owed me about £ 55 ignored her CCJ, so at that point I stopped chasing her, but after 5 years she rang up to pay.

    An Ex-tenant who owes me over £ 5,000 got her CCJ, but appealed the amount, a quick trip to Stockport County Court from Newcastle and the Judge dismissed her appeal.  After appointing Bailiffs who never seemed to catch her in, she appealed to the Court again ( I think she got advice from somewhere ) another trip to Stockport County Court where she offered £ 40 a month, she's currently on benefits, I asked the court for £ 80 a month which I was awarded.  She is currently paying me £ 20 a week.

    Even if you don't get paid, a CCJ makes life a lot harder for the person, and serves as a Red Flag to future Landlords.

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