Brady Solicitors’ lettings specialist, Lydia Anderson, has delivered an excellent result for a client, securing possession of a property where no rent had been paid since 2011.
Lydia explains the situation:
We were instructed in January 2013 to help our landlord client take possession of a property where the couple had not paid any rent since 2011.
Each time the case was listed for a possession hearing in the County Court, the tenants applied successfully to have it adjourned. This meant that they continued to live in the property effectively on a rent-free basis and the landlord felt increasingly powerless to tackle the situation.
A hands-on approach
It quickly became clear that we needed to be in close contact with the defaulting tenants to prevent them from applying more delaying tactics. We also took the unusual step of sending an agent to the Court to personally file our Warrant of Possession.
Our tenacious and hands-on approach paid off; the client obtained his possession order and, in February 2015, was able to take formal possession of the property.
By the time he was able to repossess the property, arrears were close to £70,000.
We secured a judgment for the repayment of all £70,000 arrears and a substantial portion of the legal costs and ensured that the landlord could move on from this difficult period.
Specialist legal support for landlords and letting agents
Troublesome tenants can be a drain on time and resources, particularly for smaller and private landlords. Brady Solicitors’ specialist lettings solicitors can help you to take action against tenants in breach of their lease or not paying their rent. Contact us to find out more – or visit our Landlord & Letting Agents page.