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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
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.
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
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
Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com
So is the debtor a lodger - or an HMO tenant?
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.