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Collection of Rent Arrears

England and Wales:

If a tenant fails to pay a portion of or the entire rent the day after the rent is due, the debt owed to their landlord is called rent arrears

At Landlord Assist, our rent arrears experts work assiduously to make the debt recovery process smooth, streamlined, and hassle-free for landlords. If you have a tenant who isn’t paying rent, reach out to our rent arrears team today. We specialise in helping landlords collect unpaid rent or start the process by which the tenancy is terminated should your tenant refuse to engage constructively. By taking care of all the complexities and technicalities, we make things a lot easier and cheaper for you. Don’t let your tenants miss out on payments and leave you in a bind. Consult us today, and we’ll help you get things back on track again.

In the event that the occupier of the property originally had the permission of the owner then you should use the standard possession process. If the property is a commercial property then you should follow the following three stage process.

Squatter Eviction from Commercial Premises

Small Claim Summons

Landlord Assist arrange for the preparation and drafting of proceedings. These will be lodged on the Court with the request of an early hearing in view of the difficulties the landlord is experiencing with the squatters.

Attachment Of Earnings

For Client's that have utilised our Tenant Tracing service or where the location of the tenant’s employer is known it may be appropriate to invoke an attachment of earnings application.

Particularly where a judgment has been obtained its recovery is often possible via this method whereby the tenant’s employer deducts the debt direct from their salary.

Third Party Debt Order

A third party debt order is an order to a third party who owes money to the defendant to pay it to the Claimant instead. Most orders are aimed at the defendant’s bank account. In certain circumstances this can be a suitable method of reclaiming debts from defaulting tenants.

Charging Order

Where the tenant and/or any guarantor is the legal owner of a property, and we have obtained a money judgment from the County Court, we can arrange for the application to be made on your behalf, to obtain a charging order on the property. This means the property cannot be sold or remortgaged without the debt being attended to.

Bailiffs Execution Of Goods

Landlord Assist can organise instruction for the county court bailiffs to attend the debtor's address and attempt to seize the debtors goods set against the money order obtained against the tenant.

Alternatively the debt can be transferred to the High Court to allow collection via a High Court Enforcement Officer. Such enforcement Officers collection rates are monitored by the Ministry of Justice and the national average collection rate is 67p in the pound. There is a £60 plus VAT abort fee in the event that the debt cannot be collected.

Consult our Landlord and Tenant team to find out how we can help you.