He has never disputed the arrears and I don't believe he will. In all our exchanges of emails about this he has always accepted he owes me the money. I guess he may try and argue about interest and costs of section 8 notice etc. but probably not.
However, it is quite possible that he will leave the property just before the next month's rent is due on 23rd March, but as he has a 12 month tenancy agreement with me, I would wish to also claim that months rent as it will be impossible for me to re let by then. I guess he's unlikely to agree to that.
Anyway, I don't think he will respond to the court hearing papers with a defence, but may propose a payment plan. He has just come back to me saying he will be leaving the flat shortly and would then like to agree what is owed and agree a payment plan (he says he should be able to pay £80 per week).
As I mentioned before, he has told me he would leave on several occasions and hasn't and has also said he would pay me some of the arrears, which he hasn't.
As this is an entirely on line possession claim, I assume he will respond to the court saying he would like to agree a payment plan, but he hasn't done yet. I would be happy with £80 per week but would prefer the court makes an official judgment on that rather than me trying to do it with him separately. Assuming he does offer something like that when he responds to the court, will they contact me to see if I will agree or how would that work? Time is obviously running out before the court hearing on 3rd April. Any further advice you can give me would be much appreciated. Thanks, Chris