Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.
Do you think they have the money to pay you?
The tenants say they have no money and are trying to claim housing and other benefits
Do you hold a deposit for them?
Well your options of recovering the unpaid rent are as follows:
1. If you have a deposit from the tenant you can offset any unpaid rent against it. You can keep all of the deposit if necessary if it is to cover unpaid rent.
2. As the deposit itself is unlikely to cover all of the rent that is owed, you can then consider pursuing the matter further. This would usually be done by taking the tenant to court for the remainder of the money that is owed. However, you must consider whether this will result in you getting your money back because even if you go to court and win there is still no guarantee you will get anything back. If you win then that will mean you have a court judgment in your favour but the tenant could imply refuse to pay what they have been ordered to and it would then be down to you to try and enforce this judgment. This could include getting the bailiffs after him, trying to get some money deducted directly from his wages, etc. However, if he does not have much money or assets then he may not actually be worth pursing because the time, effort and costs associated with trying to enforce the judgment are likely to outweigh the potential returns.
So you do have rights which you can pursue, it is just that you need to consider the individual circumstances of the person you ate pursuing and come to a conclusion whether it is worth pursuing them further. It would eventually come down to comparing the costs of taking the matter further and the potential returns - if they do not balance favourably towards the potential returns, then you may have to take the difficult decision that it may not be worth taking this any further and write off the debt as you could end up losing even more than you have already lost.
Please let me know if this has answered your query or if you need me to clarify anything else for you in relation to this?
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