My potential remedies and method of collecting the money due. I imagine my withholding property is illegal.
I had written my question nebulously in case they came across it:-
It is a young woman with joint British / Australian citizenship and it is her mother who has just arrived from Australia to take her and all her stuff (currently in our home) back there.
I think they are planning a runner. The girl still has all her stuff in our shared place (there are 4 of us sharing but the lease is in my name)
Hi Jo, If this correspondence is private and not posted on forums then my email address is *****@******.*** Thank you. PL
Thank you Jo.
(Your answer to the following can, if you prefer, wait until the morning since it is becoming late)
Do you mean it will be difficult to enforce the illegality of my retaining / withholding property?
If I state "The property is available to you when the debt is settled and I have no intention to deprive you of it" do I thus remove any possibility of police involvement?
Things are relatively civil at present but I have all but invited Katie's mother and the slightly belligerent friend of the family, Tom, to visit. I think I should probably avoid that in case they turn up with a van! Yes?
Katie's mental health doctor asked earlier this week for her mail to be forwarded and I will do that forthwith when I am back in London.
There is as yet no Guarantor. Katie's father's brother, "Uncle David", is decent and lives in Birmingham but I have met him at the flat in London (where he frequently works) some time after Katie was first sectioned. He acknowledges that there are financial settle-ups required.
Is there a simple method with a downloadable form to cause him or the 'Friend of Family' Tom or both to become UK resident guarantors swiftly? Or another written method?
Am I going about this the wrong way?
Katie's family, with whom I have every sympathy owing to the medical issues with Katie, appear to have a tight schedule.
Morning Jo, and Thank you.
I still do not know what it is "difficult to enforce".
1: My debt
2: Sectioned Katie's unknown 'friend's claim on property.
I will clearly express your advice that I have no intention whatsoever of depriving anyone of their property and that it is available to them when debt is agreed and settled.
One cannot stop people from summoning the police but does my expression of the above avoid accusation of Theft by Retention? is this a civil matter?
Any thoughts on swift Guarantor paperwork?
(NB - this may not be posted on a forum)
Thanks Jo, Hope the rating suits you. Here is my follow up question.
Tom, the "friend of the family" / friend of Sectioned ex-flatmate Katie has been on the phone. I have not spoken to Katie's mother who has arrived from Australia to take "the patient" home.
Tom and I kept it very civil and it was clear to me that he and the mother had been deeply suspicious that myself and the two remaining flatmates were in some way to blame or were the catalyst for Katie's deterioration in mental health.
I was able to point out that she had been seeing a private consultant psychiatrist before moving in here.
Tom and i touched on the debt. I have no confidence whatsoever that they are not INTENDING TO DO A RUNNER!
The debt is well over £3,000. The value of her property here is a third of that at best.
Whilst speaking softly with them, is there a big stick I can carry? Emergency injunction-style thing to stop someone leaving the country?
Or cause friend Tom to assume responsibility for debt?
I realise it is not millions of pounds but fleeing debt could be considered some kind of misdemeanor! Possibly a felony.