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  • Problem Tenants

    Private debt collection from evicted tenants

    Hi

    I have successfully evicted a none rent paying tenant and now have my property back and an order for the tenant to pay £4.5k

    I'm considering hiring a private debt collector to recover this money, they seem very keen and are positive that they will be able to  recover the debt. I would expect them to say that though. The tenant does work but keeps changing jobs, they have no assets.

    I was wondering if any other landlord has gone down this route and had success? It's over £600 to instruct the debt collector and I don't want to throw good money after bad as the saying goes.

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    Hi Rob,

    You could issue a Money Claim on Line for a few hundred quid.

    Alternatively, PT partner Landlord Action have a debt collection service for landlords, but I am not sure on how much they charge, as, thankfully, I have never had to use it!!

    ​Hope that helps and good luck in recovering your money!

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    Hello rob . Are you saying you have a judgement against the ex tenant .

    If I were you I would get in touch with High Court Enforcement agents and have a chat with them .08000464190  If you have a judgement they will transfer up for you and chase debt . Well worth a conversation.

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    I thought if you escalate it to the high court (about £80) then the sheriffs chase it for you. If they can't get the money I don't think anyone else will.

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    No need to pay £600 up front,  plenty of these will work on no win no fee basis.

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    If the tenant has no assets then all you're really left with is an attachment of earning order, but you say they keep changing jobs it sounds like a never ending paper chase with no guarantee of success. But £4.5k is a lot to kiss goodbye to, so High  Court Sheriffs may be the answer on a no win no fee basis otherwise you're just chucking good money after bad. 

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    Small consolation - but loss is really £4.5k less one's marginal tax rate

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