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  • Buy-to-Let

    Debts issue of old tenant

    I had an enforcement officer come to one of my room rentals today looking for an existing tenant.  He had a letter to remove items from this guys room but I refused to let him in and said I would ask the tenant to contact him.  Does anyone know where I stand as I do not want them breaking down door and going into rooms that other people live in.  He was quite pleasant but just wondered what the legalities are

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    Personal experience (twice - after moving and getting lots of debt letters and bailiffs trying to trace the previous tennants) :

    Ask anyone who turns up to show you the papers from the court - they should show the debtors name. I found all visitors were reasonable once I showed my ID and explained the debtor no longer lived at the property.

    Send a letter to the courts if there are several unrelated court orders. In my case I received court notices 3 weeks in a row, each with a different debtors name (previous owners had debts using their middle names, her maiden name, etc). The court sent me a letter confirming any future court orders would be refused - regardless of the debtors name. I kept a copy of the letter by the front door to show debt collectors.

    returning letters after clearly marking them "gone away - return to sender" does not stop debt chasers or incompetent utility companies.

    opening letters is illegal, some deliver unsealed letters by hand, some have an obvious return address.

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    Thank you for replying but the guy still lives in a room, he has said he will sort out so fingers crossed. Just wondered what powers they have to enter properties

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    It depends what kind of letter / warrant they have

    Usually they cant force entry though but in certain cases they can

    If you leave a window/ door open though they can enter through peaceable means

    So best to refuse entry as you did and sort it out with them outside

    Dont even give them a chance to put a foot in the door

    Some are polite and respect their powers

    Others are incredible obnoxious and just lie




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    Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com

    So is the debtor a lodger - or an HMO tenant?

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    I collected all my ex-tenants' letters and wrote "Return to sender" and included the date they moved out under that. I contacted the various agencies they owed money to to tell them I had new tenants and they were not to be harassed. I also tracked down my ex-tenants and gave their work addresses to said agencies. That ought to stop them from coming after you and your new tenants.

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