Judges Demand

Letting Agents / Rent Arrears

Published On: 14th March 2018

We have recently seen an increase in letting agents pursuing tenants for rent arrears on behalf of the landlords that they act for. This is common as the letting agents have conduct of the management of the property and collecting rent in most cases and so continue to pursue the tenants for any rent arrears and damages.

However, if the tenant refuses to pay and legal proceedings are required it is imperative that the party that issues those proceedings is the party that has entered in to the contract (usually Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement) with the tenant. We have seen a lot of cases where the management or letting agent has proceeded to issue the legal action only to have this questioned and even thrown out by the Courts as they are not the party that is in contract with the tenant and entitled to issue the claim.

If you have already done this as a letting agent then it is not the end of the world as applications can be made to substitute the Claimant to the landlord/landlady but it is important that this is amended before the claim is struck out.

If you have rent arrears or damages owed to you or to your landlords then please do contact us on 0151 329 2138 or info@judgesdemand.co.uk