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I'm in the middle of a divorce and my ex has been financially blackmailing for the last 15 months. He is now manipulating others into forcing me to pay bills which he should be paying and it's all getting too much. He is trying to bankrupt me. Please help.
Optional Information: System of Law: England-and-WalesAlready Tried: My solicitor knows everything. There is so much of it. The police know some of it though say it's civil
We have several rental properties. He has been receiving the rental income from these for the last year, gave us his paid job. It was agreed he would pay the bills for these properties from the income as well as the mortgage on the family home. Since then he has stopped paying many of the mortgages and dumps most of the service charge bills on me. He then threatens me with legal action via the managing agency if I don't pay the service charge bills. One of these rental properties which we both own, he put a new tenant in and then prepared the tenancy agreement, putting my name as landlady and signed it on my behalf, without my knowledge. He received all the housing benefit which was payable to me but paid into his bank account. He then wanted the tenant evicted so refused to pay the mortgage on this flat unless I evicted the tenant at my cost. He's turned the Directors of the residents association against me by telling them it's my flat and I'm refusing to evict this antisocial tenant. I then had an email from one of the Directors who is a solicitor demanding that I evict this tenant.Despite my explanations he said I am the landlady!
You haven't told me what I can do. Is this fraud? If so, what can be done? Is it blackmail? If so, what can be done?
What would the police be likely to do?
Would civil proceedings cost a lot?
Is there anything I can do to get him to stop forcing me to pay bills for which he has received the income? Manipulating other people by lying to them, to get them to get at me is overwhelming.
Have you any idea of a possible outcome of such proceedings? This is a huge cost which is probably why my solicitor has dismissed it.
Would a tenancy agreement with my name on, signed by himself as pp with his own company as letting agent be enough do you think? I have no idea how I'd prove that I knew nothing about this.
It just seems so incredible that he can keep blackmailing me to pay bills by threatening me with legal action when he's received the income from the rental properties which should be used to pay those bills and he owns the properties as much as I do! Is there nothing I can do to put a stop to this? It's been ongoing for 15 months now and I'm finding it hard to cope emotionally and financially.
What could I instruct them to do?