Hi thanks for your question. My name is Tony.
It sounds like you do have a claim against the tenant if they had caused damage to your property. £9,500 is a significant figure and I can understand you wanting to recover that.
Plus, the rent amounts.
So, you can issue a claim in the small claims court - at www.moneyclaim.gov.uk.
You're right, that you need to find them first though.
We know that some of the amount such as having a whole new kitchen cant be claimed but even if we could get some of it back
You can use a tracing agent, who will charge a fixed fee if they find the person concerned.
There are numerous companies our there that do this.
How do we find a tracing agent
is there a way of finding a recommended one
One such company is: http://www.tracingagents.com/
They say that unless they find the person - there is no fee.
The fees are pretty small too, about £60 or so, depending on the agent.
sorry I was just copying those address
how do they search?
They use public records, like the electoral roll, credit references and things like that. I've known them speak with neighbours and even use facebook in the past!
That's part of their secret system though I suppose.
so we would contact the search agent first, then once they find him (if they can) then we contact small claims?
Does the small claims website have costs listed?
sorry guess I could look
As the letting agent allowed the rent arrears to continue and the damage occured while the house was managed by them would we have any claim against them
Yes, it does, I think you'd be looking at around £210 or so to issue a claim
I doubt you're likely to have a claim against the letting agents - tenants do this type of thing sometimes and it can be very hard to say it's the letting agent's fault.
thats what I thought, but worth checking!
thank you for your help, at least we have a positive step even if nothing happens we can feel like we tried
You do have a way forward now and I hope you get the right result from your efforts. Good luck with recovering this.
Thank you again