‘Judge not, lest ye be judged!’
The daughter of a Bristol judge is facing eviction and bankruptcy after defaulting on her rent for 8 months; now owing over £5,000 in arrears.
Sarah Kate Hagen has been given 14 days to vacate the two-bedroom flat she lives in with her 8 year old daughter (situated in Queen’s Court, Clifton); after a Possession Order Hearing at Bristol County Court on Tuesday 7th August.
Implemented by her landlord (Waterod Investments Ltd) District Judge Julie Exton heard that Miss Hagen was currently £5,699.94 in rent arrears, including the LL’s legal costs.
Miss Hagen also told the District Judge that she had applied to Bristol City Council for housing help but nothing had been offered to her as yet. Shocking Bristol poverty report reveals an average of 9 people are chasing each private tenancy.
When asked by District Judge Exton about the probability of being able to pay the outstanding rent to the landlord, Miss Hagen replied: “I’ve filed for bankruptcy – there’s no way I could possibly (pay).”
Miss Hagen is known to have lived in the Clifton flat for approximately 2 years, with rental costs of £650 pcm; which she has been unable to pay since January 2012.
They now have until August 21st to move out, and for each day they continue to reside in the property (after that date) Miss Hagen will have to pay the landlord £21.37.
When asked outside court how she had got into this financial situation, Miss Hagen answered: “Just personal difficulties.”
This case firmly highlights the importance of Lifestyle Tenant Referencing your potential tenants, before tenure.
What CANNOT be supplied by a credit reference CAN be supplied by Landlord Referencing Services unique Lifestyle Tenant Reference, e.g. a Tenants rental payment history, outstanding rent defaults, outstanding property damages, etc.
This also highlights the importance of joining your local Credit Union; because they will be able to offer the best solutions to rent arrears and evictions, by assisting tenants in managing their money and finances; especially with the impending welfare reform changes via Universal Credit.
Queens Court (Clifton, Bristol) fact:
During the 1960s The Beatles owned Queen’s Court as part of their company Apple Corps’ property portfolio – but it’s highly unlikely that they even knew they had the place ; never mind about worrying whether the rent was being paid on time!!!